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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. Philosophy is not so much an actual _______, rather it is man's recognition of what is already known.

2. In many cases philosophers may prefer a handful of certainties to which of the following?

3. Many people believe that everything is created through the existence of:

4. What is no longer compatible to faith?

5. There may be good things that cause shame if they intimate that one is prone to:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Nietzsche presents an argument on conscious versus instinct. What is the author's opinion?

3. What is the author's opinion on how man views himself?

4. What is Nietzsche's opinion on the existence of opposites?

5. How does the modern day concept of faith relate to Christianity?

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

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

8. Nietzsche breaches an age old question about God and the devil. What is it?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Allowing oneself to be depreciated, lied to and robbed could be considered as the modesty of God among men. Why do many religious figures believe that one must suffer in order to be close to God, to be holy? Do you believe that this has any credence? Explain. Is this belief why so many people worship martyrs or why martyrs are often made into saints? Is it possible to be holy, to be close to God without a great deal of suffering? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Man will routinely make harsh moral judgments against those he loves, as well as neighbors, acquaintances and society as a whole. Write a 1000 word essay on this topic. What gives one the right to make harsh moral judgments? Have you ever done it? Explain. Why is no one immune to the judgments, including loved ones? Why do people tend to be hardest on those close to them? Give examples. How might embracing the will to truth help to eliminate or quell this behavior?

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