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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 fulfill the self."
(b) "To be myself."
(c) "To know the self."
(d) "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."

2. How does Hegel define "irritability"?
(a) As a failure of reflection.
(b) As an organism's ability to act out.
(c) As a the consequence of reconciliation.
(d) As a constant in conscious life.

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

4. How does Hegel describe the set of things that work against the "law of the heart"?
(a) Refining.
(b) Perfecting.
(c) Oppressive.
(d) Liberating.

5. According to Hegel, why is even a killer dissatisfied with the self-certainty that comes from killing another person?
(a) Because even the final act of murder does not put one in touch with unconscious feelings.
(b) Because the dead are never removed from the consciousness of the killer.
(c) Because the act of murder is only a beginning and has to be repeated ritually.
(d) Because some acts cannot be brought into the light.

6. To what does the term "sensibility" apply according to Hegel?
(a) All humans.
(b) Humans and animals.
(c) All living things.
(d) The entire universe.

7. According to Hegel, what constitutes the Course of the World?
(a) The inner events that motivate external reality.
(b) The events of the world as external reality.
(c) The heart and its desire and development.
(d) The external reality that informs subjectivity.

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

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

10. In Hegel's view, how are laws of thought connected?
(a) By history.
(b) By logic.
(c) By science.
(d) By reason.

11. In Hegel's philosophy, what is the first stage in the development of the conscious mind?
(a) Forces that contradict the individual's feelings occur.
(b) The sense of the uniqueness of the heart falls away.
(c) Universal heart is discovered through individual heart.
(d) Individual heart is recognized by self-consciousness.

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

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

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

15. Where does Hegel locate the beginning of scientific knowledge?
(a) In self-knowledge.
(b) In God.
(c) In spirituality.
(d) In History.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Hegel say that the relationship with the bondsman is not fulfilling for the lord?

2. How do objects achieve identity according to Hegel?

3. How does Hegel describe the self?

4. Where does Hegel see the opportunity for good to be manifest through the actions of human beings?

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

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