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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) An assertion of the truth of something.
(c) Conditions surrounding an event.
(d) Realities as they appear to subjectivity.

2. Which modern culture is the most representative descendant of Hegelian thinking?
(a) America.
(b) France.
(c) Germany.
(d) Russia.

3. 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.

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

5. According to Hegel, what are the mind's two relations to reality?
(a) History and concepts.
(b) Spirit and heart.
(c) Reason and physiology.
(d) Thinking and biology.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Hegel's terminology, what does the term "sensibility" pertain to?

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

3. What is it that indicates something about a person's unique traits, in Hegel's account?

4. What relation binds the object and the perceiver in Hegel's philosophy?

5. Which philosopher influenced Hegel's use of categories?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the difference between "theoretical reason" and "practical reason" in Hegel's terminology?

3. How does Hegel define determinateness?

4. How does Hegel define Reason?

5. Why does Hegel describe consciousness as unhappy?

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

7. How does Hegel define "sensibility"?

8. What does a consciousness require in order to use observation at the level of Reason according to Hegel's philosophy?

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

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

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