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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. Despite the commitment to his work, the philosopher knows deep down that there is one thing that will never be found. What is it?

2. What group of people does Nietzsche refer to as being a superstitious lot?

3. Value tends to be linked to what type of feelings?

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

5. What is the main reason there are so many misunderstandings in philosophy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the the "faculty of the suprasensible?" Who coined the term?

2. Nietzsche gives an overview of several cultures and religions. What are his views?

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

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

5. Why should physiologists think twice before discounting self-preservation?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nietzsche states that in order to love one's enemies, one must also learn to despise at the same time. Why is it important to be able to do both? Is to show only love for an enemy a sign of weakness or of true spiritual strength? If it is the former, why should it matter to either party? If it is the latter, then it should only bring enlightenment to the other person. Examine this theory and express your opinion on both sides of both issues.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Compare and contrast Nietzsche to Socrates and Plato. How were there views different? Were any the same? Explain. How might Socrates' views have changed if he had lived in Nietzsche's time?

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