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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the contradiction at the heart of absolute reality according to Hegel?
(a) The individual learns about existence from individual existence and also from external reality.
(b) The individual intuits the existence of life beyond himself but can never know anything except through direct perception.
(c) It is real but it is also a myth that is propagated in philosophy.
(d) Literacy and printing presses have made experiences transferable to people have not had the experience themselves.

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

3. According to Hegel, pon what does the reality of a notion depend?
(a) Subjectivity.
(b) Reconciliation of self and reality.
(c) Reflective consciousness.
(d) External reality.

4. What is the purpose of an animal's mentality in Hegel's opinion?
(a) To manifest the univeral mind.
(b) To match organic nature.
(c) To evolve toward consciousness.
(d) To fulfill human purposes.

5. How does Hegel describe reason?
(a) As uniquely human.
(b) As an evolutionary benefit.
(c) As a stage of mind.
(d) As evidence of the divine.

6. What were both phrenology and cranioscopy looking for?
(a) A link between man and God.
(b) A link between form and individual traits.
(c) A link between man and ape.
(d) A link between form and heredity.

7. According to Hegel, what is it that prevents the development of consciousness from producing societal problems?
(a) Correct forms.
(b) Organic consciousness.
(c) Society.
(d) Self-reflection.

8. Why does Hegel say that the relationship with the bondsman is not fulfilling for the lord?
(a) Because of a self-contained counter effect.
(b) Because of the drive to power.
(c) Because of the nostalgia for pre-lapsarian consciousness.
(d) Because of the imp of the perverse.

9. What does Hegel relate desire to?
(a) SIn.
(b) Aesthetics.
(c) Beauty.
(d) Primitive will.

10. How does Hegel describe notions?
(a) As anamnesis.
(b) As actual things.
(c) As contingent on subjectivity.
(d) As aspects of laws.

11. What is the relationship between phrenology, physiognomy, and cranioscopy according to Hegel?
(a) They are all evidence of different kinds of scientific thinking.
(b) They all represent sciences that have evolved closer to conciousness.
(c) They all address the problem of embodiment of self-consciousness.
(d) They are all forms of self-measurement and self-reflection.

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

13. According to Hegel, how does the truth of concrete individuals manifest?
(a) It manifests in action.
(b) It manifests in every decision.
(c) If manifests without any doubt.
(d) It manifests in self-conflict.

14. According to Hegel, why is the self unhappy?
(a) Because it will always be torn between the present contingency and infant perfection.
(b) Because it can imagine eternity, but has to die.
(c) Because it can imagine fulfillment but never know it completely.
(d) Because it can never contact its unconscious sources.

15. What does Hegel say about the concept of absolute reality?
(a) It is beyond the reach of consciousness.
(b) It is an empty notion.
(c) It can only be expressed in art and dreams.
(d) It is a consequence of self-consciousness.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Hegel, action turns the external world into an arena where what can come into being?

2. How does Hegel describe force?

3. According to the translator's note, Hegel's study of pleasure and necessity is really a study of what?

4. How do objects achieve identity according to Hegel?

5. What human trait does Hegel say is not found in animals?

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