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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 3, The Positive Aspect of Ambiguity, Sections 1-3, The Aesthetic Attitude, Freedom and Liberation, The Antinomies of Action.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Beauvoir require for an individual to genuinely desire an end in the present?
(a) A fulfillment of spontaneous desires over time.
(b) A desire for that end throughout his entire existence.
(c) An expected manipulation of the material world through the desired end.
(d) A recognition of consequences that will come through the desired end.

2. If an individual does not inform a slave of his oppression, what does Beauvoir suggest of their position regarding tyranny?
(a) The individual who remains silent regarding tyranny loses his will to be free.
(b) The individual who remains silent regarding tyranny becomes a tyrant himself.
(c) The individual who remains silent regarding tyranny is complicit in tyranny.
(d) The individual who remains silent regarding tyranny assumes the Aesthetic Attitude.

3. To what does Beauvoir compare the "sub-man" in his relationship to ethics and facticity?
(a) To trees and pebbles which are not aware that they exist.
(b) To the cowardly writer who will not publish and therefore does not exist.
(c) To the purposeless book that never gets taken from the shelf.
(d) To the faceless laborer who's production has more purpose than does he.

4. For whom do Beauvoir and Marx agree that the cause of freedom is most urgent?
(a) Women who are unaware of the subjugation to men.
(b) To the oppressed that it appears as immediately necessary.
(c) The unenlightened who does not realize their exploitation.
(d) The proletariat who is controlled by the bourgeois.

5. What does Beauvoir suggest becomes the intellectual responsibility of existentialists who reject God?
(a) He bears the responsibility to show his works for self-benefit do not affect others in his environs.
(b) He bears responsibility for a world which is not the work of strange power.
(c) He bears the responsibility to prove the lives of others have not affects on himself, starting with the union of his parents that brought his existence.
(d) He has the responsibility of defining how works for self-benefit are also beneficial to his environs.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Beauvoir explain what Descartes meant when he said that the freedom of man is infinite, but this power is limited?

2. What does Beauvoir claim matters to the serious man?

3. What are the two clans that Beauvoir claims to come from oppression?

4. What claim of existentialists does Beauvoir offer in defense of detractors to existentialism?

5. What does Beauvoir claim to protect the child from the risk of existence?

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