Writings, 1902-1910 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. James says that for a man to experience the divine, what must he let go?

2. What viewpoint does James attribute to being aggressive and radical?

3. James associates Charles Pierce with what concept?

4. Who says that concepts freeze movement?

5. According to James, the more dramatic examples of conversion tend to be which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does James mention Hegel?

2. Why does James believe that religion should be based on an individual level?

3. What are the qualities of saintliness which James defines?

4. What is pluralism?

5. What is the rationalist position?

6. What assertions does James make about ignorance?

7. How does James describe reasoning as a part of empiricism?

8. How does James define religion?

9. What are James' essential elements to religion?

10. What is common sense as James sees it? Do you agree?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does James structure the book by including lectures in this particular order? Why does he include lectures and essays individually instead of combining all these thoughts together? What impact does this outline have on the reader's experience?

Essay Topic 2

How does James respond to criticisms? Is he effective at responding to his critics? Does he respond in a humble manner? Are his responses effective at providing support for his own arguments?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the elements of religion that James defines. Which element of religion is the foundation? Why are the other elements significant? Does the idea of religion having essential elements detract from James' concept of religion being based on an individual level?

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