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 role does time play what Beauvoir identifies as the ability to will oneself free?

3. How does Beauvoir suggest that a child console himself when confronted with personal imperfection?

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

5. What does Beauvoir claim defines the "sub-man"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Beauvoir explain that nihilism becomes the desire for power?

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

6. How does Beauvoir show that the "sub-man" passes into being a serious man?

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

8. How does Beauvoir claim one can avoid nihilism?

9. How does Beauvoir claim that spontaneity affects man's freedom?

10. What type of adults does Beauvoir claim stays in an infantile world?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does Beauvoir consider the source of oppression to be individuals or a natural state that people accept and use for their own purposes. Explain your answer with support from "The Ethics of Ambiguity" and at least one example from history or current events.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the "adventurer" from the "passionate man" and give historical examples for each. Which lives freely and which has the greatest influence on general freedom? Which one does Beauvoir seem to favor? Use her comments to support your view.

Essay Topic 3

Beauvoir begins Chapter One, "Ambiguity and Freedom" with a brief review of materialism, dualism, and existentialism and how they either affirm or disregard the ambiguous nature of life. Give choose one of the philosophies and summarize Beauvoir's views on it, then comment on your agreement or disagreement with Beauvoir based upon your perspective of the philosophy you have chosen. Support your argument with proofs from "The Ethics of Ambiguity" and from at least one outside source.

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