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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. A drive for knowledge can be seen as a mere _________ to get where one is going.

2. Nietzsche believes that if the explanation were possible then which of the following could be traced back to it?

3. When one desires an object the actual interest relates to:

4. Nietzsche believes that a woman's approach to life is considerably more:

5. Nietzsche states that philosophies are often formed through various individual things. Which is not on the list mentioned in the text?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is soul atomism? Who teaches the theory?

2. Why are people often desperate to hide their deepest thoughts and emotions?

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

4. What are the differences in philosophies in various regions and nations? How can it be difficult to relate to others?

5. What is the main purpose of the psychologist in understanding the human soul?

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

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

8. Is there a difference between the moral and intellectual set of philosophies?

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

10. What is the author's opinion on reality versus self-denial?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nietzsche has nothing against morality except when man uses it to put himself above others with no other explanation or accomplishments to back it up. Those who are pious are often completely dishonest to themselves as well as God. Who, in your opinion, would fall into this category? Is it a common position for people in religious leadership positions? How does this relate to televangelists? Do you believe that the pious man may put himself above others because he is a servant of God? What does Nietzsche mean when he says that "Those who are pious are often completely dishonest to themselves as well as God?" Do you believe that is true? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Historically speaking, the modern European has brought about a mad semi-barbarism through the mixture of class and race. Nietzsche laments the combining of races as it dilutes the individuality and unique culture of European countries. What is your opinion on the subject? How has this issue progressed since Nietzsche's time? The author also states that while the combination creates chaos, it also contributes to developing a modern soul. How is the modern soul different?

Essay Topic 3

The author believes that a woman may appear to be peaceable, as the man wishes, but like a cat, she has trained herself to appear that way. What is your opinion of that statement? Do you think Nietzsche truly believes that women are not peaceable creatures? If women are not peaceable creatures, where does the opposite of that come from? Is it a learned behavior or an innate one? Does Nietzsche mean to say that it is the nature of the woman to behave that way or is it all a lie?

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