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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 Hegel, why is even a killer dissatisfied with the self-certainty that comes from killing another person?
(a) Because some acts cannot be brought into the light.
(b) Because the dead are never removed from the consciousness of the killer.
(c) Because the act of murder is only a beginning and has to be repeated ritually.
(d) Because even the final act of murder does not put one in touch with unconscious feelings.

2. What is the reason of observation conjoined with, according to the translator? 
(a) Knowledge and science.
(b) Self-consciousness and reflection.
(c) Scientific knowledge.
(d) Self reconciliation.

3. What else must an individual conquer in order to manifest individuality according to Hegel?
(a) Histoical situatedness.
(b) Artistic form of individual expression.
(c) Organic consciousness.
(d) The conceit of individuality.

4. What does consciousness rest on in Hegel's account?
(a) Intuition.
(b) Reason.
(c) Perception.
(d) Understanding.

5. What were both phrenology and cranioscopy looking for?
(a) A link between form and individual traits.
(b) A link between form and heredity.
(c) A link between man and God.
(d) A link between man and ape.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Hegel say is ultimately impossible for a human?

2. What qualities does Hegel describe as being necessary for organic entities?

3. What does Hegel mean by "concrete"?

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

5. What does Hegel recommend for people who conflict with their times and culture?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Hegel define "sensibility"?

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

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

8. In Hegel's philosophy, what relationship do the sciences--particularly phrenology and craniology--have to do with truth?

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

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

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