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. Nietzsche refers to the "new European" as being what?

2. One must learn to despise his enemies if he is going to be able to express what?

3. The author compares the moral sentiments of what region to the rest of the world?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the paradox in loving one's enemies as it is suggested in various religions?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

The author thrives on pointing out the differences in personality and intellect between men and women. Nietzsche has very little, if any, regard for women. Comments regarding women and their tendencies are scathing. Nietzsche carries weight because of his academic standing so many are apt to take on his views without question. In the author's mind, should take no part in any scientific or philosophical undertaking. Examine Nietzsche's opinion of women and how it may color his philosophies. Where do you think these thoughts and feelings come from? Do any of Nietzsche's opinions carry weight with you? Explain.

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