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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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) It is real but it is also a myth that is propagated in philosophy.
(c) Literacy and printing presses have made experiences transferable to people have not had the experience themselves.
(d) The individual intuits the existence of life beyond himself but can never know anything except through direct perception.

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

5. What does Hegel say is the goal of individual self-consciousness?
(a) To transcend whatever opposes the law of the heart.
(b) To merge the law of the heart with necessity.
(c) To subjugate the law of the heart to social law.
(d) To engage the law of the heart in dialogue with fate.

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

7. What is the main obstacle to the individual submitting to the good and the true in Hegel's view?
(a) The universalization of the mind.
(b) The illusion of free will.
(c) Necessity.
(d) The conceit of individuality.

8. What is it that expresses both the individual and inner reality, in Hegel's view?
(a) Action.
(b) Physical form.
(c) Self-reflection.
(d) Conflict within the self.

9. According to Hegel, how does the animal fulfill its purpose?
(a) By living.
(b) By reconciling its self with reality.
(c) By attaining reflection.
(d) By attaining consciousness.

10. According to Hegel, what does an individual need to do to live wisely and virtuously?
(a) Conform to their culture.
(b) Live their lives.
(c) Develop new ways of doing things.
(d) Express themselves in acts and words.

11. What is the purpose of Hegel's treatise?
(a) To prove the existence and thoughts of God.
(b) To dispel superstition.
(c) To disprove the need for religion.
(d) To cultivate the scientific mind.

12. What did cranioscopy examine?
(a) The simliarity of skull shapes within families.
(b) The evolution of the human skull.
(c) The density of the skull.
(d) The form of the skull.

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

14. 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 some acts cannot be brought into the light.
(c) Because the dead are never removed from the consciousness of the killer.
(d) Because the act of murder is only a beginning and has to be repeated ritually.

15. What are noumena according to Hegel?
(a) Events.
(b) Perceptions.
(c) Objects.
(d) Laws.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Hegel say about the concept of absolute reality?

2. What does a man gain by doing good work in Hegel's view?

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

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

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

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