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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What is humanity's tendency according to Hegel?
(a) To create the will through work.
(b) To follow the heart.
(c) To evolve toward the spirit.
(d) To be driven by desire.

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

5. What is the contradiction at the heart of absolute reality according to Hegel?
(a) The individual intuits the existence of life beyond himself but can never know anything except through direct perception.
(b) The individual learns about existence from individual existence and also from external reality.
(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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Hegel include in the limitations of laws?

2. In Hegel's philosophy, what does the self want instead of the good and the true?

3. How do objects achieve identity according to Hegel?

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

5. Hegel writes that the divisive power of the mind allows the self to define itself relative to what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hegel define force?

2. What are the stages by which the conscious mind develops, in Hegel's terminology?

3. Where do laws come from in Hegel's philosophy?

4. What qualities does an "organic entity" have according to Hegel?

5. How does Hegel define determinateness?

6. How are notions and reality related according to Hegel's philosophy?

7. What is the relationship of freedom and fate in Hegel's terminology?

8. According to Hegel's account, what is the mind's relationship with itself?

9. What is the difference between a person and an animal in Hegel's philosophy?

10. How does Hegel define hedonism?

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