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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 4-5, The Present and the Future, Ambiguity and Conclusion.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Beauvoir claim the condition of the world changes from child to adolescence?
(a) When a child begins to realize he cannot create his own existence, he becomes accountable for his thoughts.
(b) The world is no longer ready made, but must be made.
(c) The individual begins to realize that matter has significant influence on thought.
(d) The adolescent realizes his decisions have affects.

2. What does Beauvoir call pursuing the movement toward an end despite the obstacle of certain failure?
(a) The free movement of existence.
(b) The act of denial.
(c) Fighting through delusions.
(d) The stone pounding complex.

3. What Beauvoir claim to happen to a democratic regime that defends itself by acts of oppression?
(a) It is pursuing political goals.
(b) It faces the possibility of becoming oppressive.
(c) It is embracing the ambiguity of existence.
(d) It betrays its virtues.

4. What is a principle that Beauvoir states that an ethics of ambiguity will refuse to deny a priori?
(a) That separate existants can be bound to each other, such as individual freedoms can forge laws valid for all.
(b) That the most important element of "ethics of ambiguity" is to disallow them from defining the conduct of those outside their understanding.
(c) That, by definition, "ethics of ambiguity" must remained undefined.
(d) That "ethics of ambiguity" are as solipsistic as is existentialism.

5. In the challenge for those who suffer more than one oppressor, what answer does Beauvoir offer?
(a) The issue is moral, not political, and the moral consensus must be reached with at least one oppressor.
(b) Only by working with the least offensive of the oppressors could other oppressors be removed.
(c) Only by generating full support of the masses could any of the oppressors be dispatched.
(d) Overthrowing the oppressors is a matter of opportunity and efficiency.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does human spontaneity give purpose to a human life, according to Beauvoir?

2. How does Beauvoir explain how the passionate man different from the adventurer man?

3. What influence does Beauvoir claim revolt has on the world.

4. When an individual aims at a goal that will be achieved beyond his own death, what does Beauvoir claim the individual should expect from the time given to the goal?

5. How does Beauvoir claim that the child develops the conviction of good and evil?

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