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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 1, Ambiguity and Freedom.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Beauvoir introduce the role of God in the discussion of ethics?
(a) By suggesting the wide views of the nature of God actually makes God ambiguous.
(b) By pointing out that all ethics end up being an effort to define God.
(c) By considering the endless pursuit of pure ethics and the failure to achieve such places the power of judgement in the hands of God.
(d) By pointing out that Sartre's view of existentialism ends with man attempting to make himself God.

2. How does Beauvoir claim that Marxists consider man's actions to be valid?
(a) Only if the actions are in opposition of the bourgeois.
(b) Only if the actions support the revolution of the proletariat.
(c) Only if the actions eliminate private property.
(d) Only if the man has not helped initiate his action by an internal movement or through free will.

3. What does Beauvoir claim comes of an accomplished act that is left behind by an individual?
(a) The affects of the act continue, but the act becomes forgotten.
(b) The act remains as an experience that lends to the development of the will.
(c) It becomes nothing more than a fact.
(d) It has a diminished affect as time and spontaneous acts have different consequences.

4. What does Beauvoir state is the goal at which her freedom aims?
(a) "...(C)onquering existence across the always inadequate density of being."
(b) "Understanding the difference between delusion, denial, and stone pounding to affirm true existence."
(c) "Rejecting the verdicts of doubters and seeing the possibility of achieving ends through obstacles."
(d) "Seeing the doors of defeat before initiating and act."

5. What claim of existentialists does Beauvoir offer in defense of detractors to existentialism?
(a) Bouvoir claims that existentialists help to accentuate the strengths of other theories.
(b) Bouvoir claims that existentialists believe that the world is willed by man, insofar as his will expresses his genuine reality.
(c) Bouvoir claims that existentialists give focus to the importance of matter in reality.
(d) Bouvoir claims that existentialists offer their detractors important challenges to prove their theories.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the paradox with which Beauvoir closes Chapter One?

2. Who does Beauvoir use as an example of moving through such obstacles?

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

4. What does Beauvoir seek to prove regarding man's mastery of the world?

5. How does Beauvoir bring into question the Marxist claim that pure proletariat revolution is generated by the proletariat class?

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