The Ethics of Ambiguity; Test | Final 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. How does Beauvoir claim a goal is defined?

2. What are projects according to Beauvoir?

3. How does Beauvoir illustrate how ambiguity affected Christianity?

4. What are some of the causes that Beauvoir points out that oppressors will claim to defend in their battles against those who try to overthrow them?

5. How does Beauvoir claim that oppressive regimes become stronger?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the contradiction that Beauvoir states regarding the difficulty of living the in the modern age?

2. How does Beauvoir claim living as an existentialist would affect men?

3. What are the two meanings that Beauvoir gives for the future?

4. What is the one solution that Beauvoir offers to the oppressed?

5. How does Beauvoir define the Aesthetic Attitude?

6. How does Beauvoir relate death to life?

7. How does Beauvoir claim that science can find truth?

8. Why does Beauvoir write that the only way way that the oppressed can fulfill his freedom is through revolt?

9. How does the individual who claims to have adopted the Aesthetic Attitude view historical work, according to Beauvoir?

10. What does Beauvoir claim prevents the future from being considered a harmonious development?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Beauvoir suggests that, "a genuine man," rejects, "foreign absolutes," and instead strive, "to be right in his own eyes." Do you agree or disagree? Can freedom for all be achieved when everyone is striving, "to be right in his own eyes?" Explain your answer using evidence from history or current events. Give your analysis as to whether Beauvoir's position on this issue strengthens or diminishes her work.

Essay Topic 2

Are Beauvoir's writings on accepting the ambiguous nature of life practical today? Identify three principles she articulates in "The Ethics of Ambiguity" that you consider to be important to preserving freedom today. Write why you consider them to be important, what sort of affect the application of these principles on a broad basis would have on freedom and general society, and how you plan to implement these principles in your life.

Essay Topic 3

Define Beauvoir's term, "serious man." What are the positive and negative aspects of this condition, and how does an individual move into it? Does modern society encourage individuals to accept this condition? How does the modern social view of the "serious man" affect the quality of freedom for communities, cultures, and nations?

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