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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 2, Personal Freedom and Others.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Although Beauvoir reports that existentialism defined itself as a philosophy of ambiguity, what does she claim to be existentialism's fundamental flaw?
(a) Existentialism is essentially taken by individuals seeking to pursue what is normally antisocial and contributes to the violence of mastery of nature.
(b) It is incapable of furnishing any principle for making choices.
(c) It is so deeply ambiguous that its true understanding cannot be achieved.
(d) Its true ambiguity is superficial since it has no moral code.

2. What does Beauvoir claim comes, "...between the past which no longer is and the future which is not yet,..."?
(a) The crossroads of reality.
(b) The ever changing moment of the present.
(c) The point at which time ceases to move.
(d) This moment when (the individual) exists.

3. How does Beauvoir compare women to slaves?
(a) By pointing out that women are subject to the laws, gods, customs, and truths created by males.
(b) By pointing out that women base their success on the contentment of their families.
(c) By pointing out that women create an existence in their minds that escapes the reality of the world around them.
(d) By pointing out that many women choose to be ignorant of the condition of the world.

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

5. What does Beauvoir identify as the spirit of seriousness?
(a) Leaving the fallacy of existentialism that only thought matters.
(b) Leaving the fallacy of materialists that only matter matters.
(c) To consider values as ready-made things.
(d) Facing the reality that the fate of all is the grave.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Beauvoir claim the condition of the world changes from child to adolescence?

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

3. How does Beauvoir identify dualism?

4. To what does Beauvoir compare the presence of freedom within the drama of choice?

5. In what way does Beauvoir consider nihilistic thinking to be right?

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