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. What piece written by that composer is Nietzsche's favorite?

2. What is the one thing that will allow man to gain strength?

3. In Nietzsche's mind, whose music heralded the end of centuries-old European taste?

4. Industrious cultures find it difficult to partake in what pastime?

5. Man's morality is different and therefore is likely to shine in what way?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Nietzsche is very vocal about his opinions of the church. What good does the author see in the organization?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Once again, Nietzsche makes reference to a language barrier. What is the author's opinion?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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