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 type of person does the author refer to as being moralistic?

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

3. The German spirit was created despite the ______ of music and philosophy.

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

5. What is the basic difference between these two groups?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What are Nietzsche's views on experience and how certain types of experience cause one to seek answers?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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