Beyond Good and Evil Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. According to the text, which refutable theory has been challenged a hundred times?

2. Nietzsche believes there are attempts being made to divert attention away from what philosopher?

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

4. Nietzsche believes that things occur in accordance with the strength of what object?

5. Just because something is true does not mean that it ceases to be _________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Nietzsche talks about the communicative habits of "free spirits." Explain.

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

3. Why does the author refer to man as being a contradictory creature?

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

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

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

7. The author categorizes people into groups. How many are there and how do they relate?

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

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

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

Whosoever fights monsters should be sure, that in fighting he himself does not become a monster. "And when you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you." This is a common thought among people who investigate heinous crimes. Examine why and how it is possible that by studying monsters one can become a monster. Reference a story like Jekyll and Hyde to prove your point.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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