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. Who puts himself into a dangerous situation when studying both ordinary and extraordinary people?

2. _________ are becoming more similar to one another as they become more detached from the origins of race and class.

3. The author laments that the theories of his time have come to reach what point in their lives?

4. Virtues most likely relate directly to what type of inclinations?

5. Defining a philosopher is a difficult task. To do so, one must be able to show that he has:

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Nietzsche's lament regarding the German soul?

2. How does instinct change depending upon one's heritage and rank?

3. What would a man's life be like if he does not possess the will to truth?

4. How do spiritualism and cruelty combine in the modern man?

5. Why is leisure an issue for some cultures? How has leisure been forced upon society?

6. How does Nietzsche explain the master morality and the slave morality?

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

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

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

10. What is the author's opinion on morality as it relates to nature?

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

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 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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