Beyond Good and Evil Test | Final 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. Which country has the least amount of strength of will?

2. What is the emotion Nietzsche feels while waiting for his guest(s) to arrive?

3. Nietzsche frequently blames misunderstandings upon the difference in the _____ of the language.

4. One who has suffered profoundly tends to maintain what characteristic?

5. What is a most difficult thing to be understood by a man that is noble?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens once the friends arrive in the summer garden? How do they greet the author?

2. Why must a psychologist take care when investigating various people?

3. What is the danger in the evolution of the democratic movement in Europe?

4. What is the danger in allowing oneself to indulge in "Fatherlandishness?"

5. How does Nietzsche view faith versus knowledge? To what philosopher does Nietzsche refer?

6. What is the mood in the beginning of the poem? What is the author doing?

7. Nietzsche asks if there is a name for those who are no longer friends. What has changed about the friendships?

8. How does a philosopher marry new and old ideas and relate them to the now?

9. Despite all other things, there are some virtues retained by man that cannot be disputed. What are they?

10. How does a person see vanity? Who places the value on man?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Some say there are two types of genius: one who strives to accomplish, achieve, and possess; the other is content with giving birth. Does this philosophy apply to modern culture? If so, does it apply more or less than it did in Nietzsche's day? Explain. Give examples of each type of genius. What about each makes the person a "genius?" What are the criteria for one to be considered a genius? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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