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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Hegel, what must an individual conquer in order to manifest consciousness and individuality?
(a) The individual must conquer the animal nature within themselves.
(b) The individual must conquer the part of themselves that runs counter to what society needs.
(c) The individual must conquer necessity and the inevitability of his responses.
(d) The individual must conquer the society itself.

2. What relation binds the object and the perceiver in Hegel's philosophy?
(a) Understanding.
(b) Reason.
(c) History.
(d) The World-Spirit.

3. What does Hegel say we have to see in order to understand the truth about a thing?
(a) The reality that perception is subjective and relative.
(b) The notion that things continue to exist regardless of our presence or absence.
(c) The possibility that there can be more than one thing at a time.
(d) The possibility of there being something more than the thing itself.

4. What are the elements in Hegel's account?
(a) Earth, fire, water, air.
(b) The fundamental emotions, anger, desire, pity.
(c) The sun, moon and stars.
(d) The conditions of archaic existence.

5. Which claim does Hegel make about the mind?
(a) That it can only see itself through Reason.
(b) That it is the basis of all claims about reality.
(c) That it can observe itself.
(d) That it is exempt from claims about observations.

6. What causes the formation of laws according to Hegel?
(a) The movement of the mind.
(b) The existence of the mind.
(c) The subordination of the mind.
(d) The education of the mind.

7. According to the translator, what does "the fact of the matter" refer to?
(a) Realities as they appear to subjectivity.
(b) Conditions surrounding an event.
(c) An absolute reality.
(d) An assertion of the truth of something.

8. Where does Hegel see the opportunity for good to be manifest through the actions of human beings?
(a) In the heart.
(b) In external events.
(c) In the ruling elite.
(d) In the conceit of individuality.

9. In Hegel's terminology, what does the term "sensibility" pertain to?
(a) A physiological apparatus for perception.
(b) A zeitgeist, a spirit of the times.
(c) An entity whose end is itself.
(d) A mental construct that organizes sensations.

10. According tio Hegel where do psychological laws originate?
(a) In the failure of the power of observation.
(b) In the fulfillment of self-consciousness.
(c) In the concrete reality of the self.
(d) In self-reflection.

11. What is a pre-condition to Reason according to Hegel?
(a) Double consciousness.
(b) Stable sources of food and shelter.
(c) Transcendent self-awareness.
(d) Stable self-certainty.

12. How does Hegel define a law?
(a) Anything that binds the freedom of an organic entity.
(b) Anything that appears with profound consistency.
(c) The relation of any element to the process of becoming an organic being.
(d) Anything capable of being observed as a perception of another.

13. Which philosopher influenced Hegel's use of categories?
(a) Kant.
(b) Spinoza.
(c) Leibniz.
(d) Plato.

14. What else must an individual conquer in order to manifest individuality according to Hegel?
(a) Artistic form of individual expression.
(b) Organic consciousness.
(c) The conceit of individuality.
(d) Histoical situatedness.

15. What does Hegel say the meaning of life is for every individual?
(a) "To know the self."
(b) "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."
(c) "To be myself."
(d) "To fulfill the self."

Short Answer Questions

1. Hegel writes that the divisive power of the mind allows the self to define itself relative to what?

2. In what way could Hegel see a person, a table and a fruit as all identical?

3. According to Hegel, what are the mind's two relations to reality?

4. What does Hegel say is the goal of individual self-consciousness?

5. What is it that indicates something about a person's unique traits, in Hegel's account?

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