The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America Test | Final Test - Easy

Louis Menand
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Cultural ______________ seemed to foster prejudice and discrimination, though Kallen used the phrase in a book in 1924.
(a) Missteps.
(b) Errors.
(c) Marxism.
(d) Pluralism.

2. Morris returned to the University of Michigan and _______ followed him.
(a) John Dewey.
(b) Francis Parker.
(c) Charles Pierce.
(d) William James.

3. Holmes greatest achievement was __________.
(a) His Civil War accomplishments.
(b) His teaching appointments.
(c) A series of books on monogenism.
(d) The lecture series 'The Common Law.'

4. _________ sat on the Supreme Court for 34 years, serving as Chief Justice before retiring in 1932.
(a) John Dewey.
(b) Oliver Holmes.
(c) Benjamin Pierce.
(d) William James.

5. Hegel espoused a ________ philosophy which was not in accordance with how James viewed the world.
(a) Contemporary.
(b) Pluralistic.
(c) Individualistic.
(d) Monistic.

6. The organizer of the American Railroad Union was arrested ________.
(a) Two times.
(b) Four times.
(c) Three times.
(d) One time.

7. The first president of the University of Chicago was_________.
(a) George Herbert Mead.
(b) William Rainey Harper.
(c) John Dewey.
(d) William James.

8. Chicago at the time was in the middle of the _________ strike.
(a) Pullman.
(b) Government.
(c) Manufacturing.
(d) Pushman.

9. William James believed that people have beliefs because the object of belief has been shown to have _________.
(a) Value.
(b) Colors.
(c) Consequences.
(d) Purpose.

10. Bentley and Dewey published a book called "Knowing the Known" giving American society knowledge about________.
(a) American born men.
(b) Emigrants.
(c) American born women.
(d) Immigrants.

11. Within his theory of pragmatism, James came to believe that some beliefs were __________.
(a) Counter-intuitive.
(b) Irrational.
(c) Instinctive.
(d) Empty.

12. In 1908 'The Process of Government' was published by __________.
(a) Franz Boas.
(b) Anthony Bentley.
(c) John Dewey.
(d) William James.

13. Soon after he was fired from Johns Hopkins, Charles Pierce bought a farm with his new wife. He was subsequently fired from ________.
(a) The Massachusetts Supreme Court.
(b) The Coast Service.
(c) Harvard Law School.
(d) University of Chicago.

14. Dewey believed that prejudice was just a phase that a society needed to go through in order to get to the new societal ________.
(a) Understanding.
(b) Peace.
(c) Whole.
(d) Community.

15. __________ is the idea that people come at life from different places, and understand the world in different ways.
(a) Pluralism.
(b) Separatism.
(c) Individualism.
(d) Singularism.

Short Answer Questions

1. Cattell was fired from his job for _____________ another professor on his own personal time.

2. Charles Pierce taught a ________ class in the fall of 1883 and spring of 1884 during which he announced the formation of the Metaphysical Club.

3. Dewey had a different take on stimulus and response that stated _________.

4. What was the organization that Dewey, Lovejoy, and Cattell created in 1915, similar to the AMA or the ABA?

5. Targets of the Ku Klux Klan at the beginning of World War I included all of the following except __________.

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