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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The philosopher questions what might be achieved through the use or absence of which of the following?

2. The author believes that the philosopher strives to rise above what common thing?

3. A barbaric type of faith requires a sacrifice and suicide of:

4. A certain group of people believes that a thought comes when it wants to come, not when a/an:

5. Catholicism has a much stronger tie to what other race?

Short Essay Questions

1. A false judgment may not be something that a person's mind objects to outright. What is the theory on false judgments in one's life?

2. What is the difference between the average man's search for truth versus the search of the philosopher?

3. Why does Nietzsche believe that there are attempts being made to divert attention from Kant's influence on German philosophy?

4. There is a great deal of talk about morality. What is Nietzsche's opinion on morality?

5. What is the main thought on the pursuit of one's desires?

6. What is Nietzsche's view on materialistic atomism? How is it viewed by the learned world?

7. What is Nietzsche's opinion on the evolution of philosophical concepts?

8. Why does the author claim that philosophers are not honest enough?

9. What is the one thing that every human being craves?

10. What does the author reveal as being a part of one's personal confession?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Philosophy in Europe has changed drastically over the past 200 years. Study Nietzsche's concept on philosophy and how it has changed. Were the changes for better or for worse? What did Nietzsche mean when he said that the Europeans of the 20th century have a dangerous curiosity, multiplicity, and possess the art of disguises? If new virtues do exist in modern day Europe, will they be virtues that directly relate to one's most secret inclinations and ardent needs? Or will the virtues be based more on the needs of society as a whole?

Essay Topic 2

Nietzsche considers Kant to be one of the most influential philosophers of his time. Write a 750 word biography on Kant, his philosophies, impact on the field, and influence on Nietzsche.

Essay Topic 3

Man is a strange and contradictory creature. One professes to believe in one thing but only as it applies to other people. When one encounters a person who has the same beliefs and expectations, one is apt to despise the other person, not recognizing in himself those very qualities he despises. Why is man a contradictory creature? Do you think it is hypocritical to demand a behavior of someone but not of yourself? How does this relate to the "do as I say, not as I do" mentality many people have with their subordinates or children? Is this a valid behavior? Is it helpful or harmful? What type of characteristics might you see in another person that would too closely mirror your own? Would it help you to change your behavior?

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