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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 are the elements in Hegel's account?
(a) Earth, fire, water, air.
(b) The fundamental emotions, anger, desire, pity.
(c) The conditions of archaic existence.
(d) The sun, moon and stars.

2. According to the translator's note, Hegel's study of pleasure and necessity is really a study of what?
(a) Hedonism.
(b) Sentimentalism.
(c) Romanticism.
(d) Sadism.

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

4. What else does Reason require in Hegel's philosophy?
(a) A degree of monomania.
(b) Doubt as to the nature of the self and the world.
(c) An acceptable myth describing the nature of self and world.
(d) The self-evidence of the self and the world.

5. What does Hegel explain in the introduction of The Phenomenology of Mind?
(a) Where the inspiration for the work came from.
(b) Where the work fits in the history of philosophy.
(c) Why the work is necessary to his times and to humanity.
(d) Why he was the only one who could have written this work.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does consciousness rest on in Hegel's account?

2. What does Hegel mean by "concrete"?

3. According to Hegel, action turns the external world into an arena where what can come into being?

4. In Hegel's philosophy, what is the first stage in the development of the conscious mind?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Hegel define "sensibility"?

4. What was the relationship between philosophy and science in Hegel's time?

5. How does Hegel define Reason?

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

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

8. How does Hegel define hedonism?

9. What does "concrete" mean in Hegel's terminology?

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

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