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 of the ancient philosophical and theological issues is addressed by Nietzsche?

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

3. One should be concerned about the dangerous aspects of a man who claims not to be which of the following?

4. Regardless of a man's nature, it is impossible to erase from his soul the influence of what?

5. One's virtues most likely are not the same as whose?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the dangers in the potential development of a budding philosopher?

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

3. How do the modern day thoughts on morality relate to the modern day views on science of morals?

4. Why is suffering seen as a noble thing in religion? What does the martyr receive in return?

5. How do the virtues of the modern man compare to those of old?

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

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

8. The author comments upon tempo and how it can be improperly translated. What is the danger in it?

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

10. How does skepticism affect modern day Europe? What does the author think of skepticism in Germany?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

The author believes that a woman may appear to be peaceable, as the man wishes, but like a cat, she has trained herself to appear that way. What is your opinion of that statement? Do you think Nietzsche truly believes that women are not peaceable creatures? If women are not peaceable creatures, where does the opposite of that come from? Is it a learned behavior or an innate one? Does Nietzsche mean to say that it is the nature of the woman to behave that way or is it all a lie?

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