The Ethics of Ambiguity; Quiz | Eight Week Quiz G

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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. What is the focus of the adventurer?
(a) To live in defiance of oppression for ambiguous goals.
(b) To satisfy a desire for existence in a present, subjective, abstract moment.
(c) To define life by attempting to will himself free.
(d) To enter the future by leaving memorable acts for the past.

2. 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 the responsibility to prove the lives of others have not affects on himself, starting with the union of his parents that brought his existence.
(c) He bears responsibility for a world which is not the work of strange power.
(d) He has the responsibility of defining how works for self-benefit are also beneficial to his environs.

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

4. How will an oppressor use history to justify his oppression, according to Beauvoir?
(a) He will subjectively use the past to justify his power.
(b) He will point out only past actions of his benevolence.
(c) He will create new history to confuse his enemies.
(d) He will negative aspects of history that existed before his power was attained.

5. How does human spontaneity give purpose to a human life, according to Beauvoir?
(a) By spontaneous acts have affects in a physical world.
(b) By the fact the spontaneous act of an individual draws a response from others.
(c) By spontaneous acts require conscious evaluation to determine their usefulness.
(d) By spontaneity always projecting itself toward something.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Beauvoir claim that a spontaneous action, or flight, can be converted into will?

2. What example did Beauvoir use to show how those who fight for a cause will come to accept certain contradictions.

3. How does Beauvoir compare Marxism to existentialism?

4. How does Beauvoir compare women to slaves?

5. For whom do Beauvoir and Marx agree that the cause of freedom is most urgent?

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