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

2. Where does Hegel see the opportunity for good to be manifest through the actions of human beings?
(a) In external events.
(b) In the conceit of individuality.
(c) In the heart.
(d) In the ruling elite.

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

4. How does Hegel classify desires?
(a) The root of self-awareness.
(b) Demonic consciousness.
(c) Material existence.
(d) Animal consciousness.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the relationship between phrenology, physiognomy, and cranioscopy according to Hegel?

2. What do both parts of a lordship/bondage relationship seek in Hegel's philosophy?

3. What did cranioscopy examine?

4. According to Hegel, for what purpose are Unity, Difference and Relation all necessary?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is it that forms the basis of individuality and character, in Hegel's terminology?

2. What is the "conceit of individuality" and what force counters it according to Hegel's philosophy?

3. How does Hegel define force?

4. What obstacle is there, in Hegel's terminology, to an individual following the law of the heart?

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

6. What distinction does the translator Baille draw between "the fact of the matter" and "a matter of fact"?

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

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

9. What does Hegel mean by saying that consciousness is relational?

10. How does Hegel define the relationship between the lord and the servant?

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