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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. Which item is reserved only for a few because it is the privilege of the strong and unattainable for the weak?

2. Self-contradiction also involves which of the following emotions?

3. What group of people tends to be the least communicative?

4. The author states that while all philosophers love their truths, the new generation will not be seen as a group of:

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who does Nietzsche refer to regarding soul and conscience? What is the opinion on the topic?

4. What is the author's opinion on the language barrier?

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

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

7. How is the French Revolution referenced? How does it tie in to philosophy?

8. Explain the concept behind Nietzsche's BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Madness is rare in the individual, but thrives in groups and nations. What kind of madness is more likely to take place in groups than in an individual? Is mass hysteria a kind of madness? What kind of actions might be taken by a group that suffers from madness? How do those actions compare to the actions of a mad individual? How does religious madness play into Nietzsche's theory?

Essay Topic 2

In general, people must realize that the desires they have are no so much the object of the desire but the desire itself. When one achieves this desire, oftentimes it is the end of the quest. Do you agree with this philosophy? Do you believe that the desire is not for the other person or thing but for the desire itself? Is it only the journey or the hunt that matters? What might one do when the thrill of the chase is over? Cite an example and explain the validity of the statement.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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