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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. According to the translator, what does "the fact of the matter" refer to?
(a) An absolute reality.
(b) Conditions surrounding an event.
(c) An assertion of the truth of something.
(d) Realities as they appear to subjectivity.

2. According to Hegel, how does the truth of concrete individuals manifest?
(a) If manifests without any doubt.
(b) It manifests in self-conflict.
(c) It manifests in every decision.
(d) It manifests in action.

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

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

5. What development does Hegel explain in "Perception, Thing and Deceptiveness"?
(a) The development of religious consciousness.
(b) The development of the natural consciousness.
(c) The development of historical consciousness.
(d) The development of the scientific consciousness.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Hegel, what must an individual conquer in order to manifest consciousness and individuality?

2. Where does Hegel locate the beginning of scientific knowledge?

3. According to Hegel, what constitutes the Course of the World?

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

5. According to Hegel, self-consciousness is aware of itself relative to what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hegel define "sensibility"?

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

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

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

5. How can the individual's truths be realized, according to Hegel's philosophy?

6. How does Hegel characterize the Course of the World, and what is the result of overcoming it?

7. What are the two meanings Hegel gives to the term "independent self-consciousness"?

8. Why does Hegel describe consciousness as unhappy?

9. How does Hegel define Reason?

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

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