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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What role does Hegel say society plays in how man determines his direction?
(a) Hegel says that society codifies desires with laws.
(b) Hegel says that society works against the direction of the heart.
(c) Hegel says that society inhibits men's freedom.
(d) Hegel says that society provides the foundation for freedom.

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

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

4. According to Hegel, action turns the external world into an arena where what can come into being?
(a) Historical consciousness.
(b) Inner truth.
(c) World-consciousness.
(d) External reality.

5. What rejection does the uniqueness of a self require according to Hegel?
(a) Rejection of the abstract.
(b) Rejection of the past.
(c) Rejection of the other.
(d) Rejection of the eternal.

6. What does Hegel say is ultimately impossible for a human?
(a) Self-awareness.
(b) Purposelessness.
(c) Transcendence.
(d) Fulfillment.

7. 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.

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

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

10. In Hegel's philosophy, what does the self want instead of the good and the true?
(a) The self wants to be dominated by more powerful forces.
(b) Freedom to follow its desires.
(c) To follow its own law.
(d) To know truth in universal terms.

11. How does Hegel describe the process of the World running its Course?
(a) Exhilarating.
(b) Uplifting.
(c) Torturous and miserable.
(d) Sad and unpleasant.

12. What does a man gain by doing good work in Hegel's view?
(a) Authority and riches.
(b) Power and awareness.
(c) World-consciousness.
(d) Access to the world-spirit.

13. 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 fulfillment but never know it completely.
(c) Because it can never contact its unconscious sources.
(d) Because it can imagine eternity, but has to die.

14. What does Hegel include in the limitations of laws?
(a) Limitations of self-consciousness.
(b) Limitations of mind.
(c) Limitations of reflection.
(d) Limitations of observation.

15. What does Hegel mean by "concrete"?
(a) Filled with divine actuality.
(b) Filled with potential.
(c) Devoid of consciousness.
(d) Experiential and actual.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is meant by Hegel's term "practical reason"?

2. What else does Reason require in Hegel's philosophy?

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

4. What is the main obstacle to the individual submitting to the good and the true in Hegel's view?

5. What does "the concrete" have in Hegel's account?

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