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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What becomes clear as the future becomes the past, according to Hegel?
(a) How free men are in their decisions.
(b) How certain events were inevitable.
(c) How fate operates in every detail.
(d) How free will is an illusion.

4. What is meant by Hegel's term "practical reason"?
(a) Instinctual reactions.
(b) Universal truths.
(c) Rational actions.
(d) Ideas that result in happiness.

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

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

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

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

9. What development does Hegel explain in "Perception, Thing and Deceptiveness"?
(a) The development of the natural consciousness.
(b) The development of historical consciousness.
(c) The development of religious consciousness.
(d) The development of the scientific consciousness.

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

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

12. How does Hegel describe force?
(a) Force is an attempt to transfer understanding.
(b) Force is impersonal, natural, and divine.
(c) Force is an eternal power in the world.
(d) Force is a human power to be used against nature.

13. What is the reason of observation conjoined with, according to the translator? 
(a) Knowledge and science.
(b) Self-consciousness and reflection.
(c) Self reconciliation.
(d) Scientific knowledge.

14. According to Hegel, for what purpose are Unity, Difference and Relation all necessary?
(a) For the development of self-reflection.
(b) For the reconciliation of man with himself.
(c) For the development of consciousness.
(d) For the evolution of man.

15. What does consciousness rest on in Hegel's account?
(a) Reason.
(b) Understanding.
(c) Intuition.
(d) Perception.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Hegel, how does the truth of concrete individuals manifest?

2. What role does Hegel say society plays in how man determines his direction?

3. According to the translator, what does "the fact of the matter" refer to?

4. According to Hegel, why is even a killer dissatisfied with the self-certainty that comes from killing another person?

5. How does Hegel describe the set of things that work against the "law of the heart"?

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