The Ethics of Ambiguity; Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Beauvoir indicate can sometimes happen when there is a failure of the serious?

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

4. How does Beauvoir accuse Marxists of accepting moral superiority?

5. How does Beauvoir explain that the Marxist paradox lends to her theory the scheme of man is ambiguous?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Beauvoir characterize Materialists?

2. What does Beauvoir suggest causes the infantile world to begin to pass away by adolescence?

3. What does Beauvoir detail as the consequences of failure to the serious man?

4. How does Beauvoir explain that willing bad is possible?

5. How does Beauvoir explain that adult lives can slip by in an infantile world?

6. How does Beauvoir claim that man can rise to a higher moral freedom?

7. How does Beauvoir define the child's world?

8. How does Beauvoir claim that the truly free will is produced?

9. According to Beauvoir, how does man cast himself into the world?

10. What faces the adolescent who is being liberated from the infantile world, according to Beauvoir?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Beauvoir's views on how science, art, technology (technics), and philosophy can either add to or detract from freedom. After the general examination of the four, choose one and detail how Beauvoir's points are proven in modern applications.

Essay Topic 2

Beauvoir concludes her book with a defense that her ethical principles regarding ambiguity are individualistic. Support or criticize her position with statements from her book and evidence from personal experiences and history.

Essay Topic 3

Beauvoir examines two meanings of the word "future". Examine the two meanings and Beauvoir's contexts for those two meanings and her criticisms against the way they are applied. Choose one of Beauvoir's meanings for "future" and detail how it shapes your attitude toward your projects and efforts to develop your free will.

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