Everything You Need To Know About Existentialism

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Everything You Need To Know About Existentialism

Existentialism is a philosophical theory that explores the existence of every being as unique and particular. To learn everything there is to know about existentialism, enjoy our online quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Who is considered to be the founder of existentialism?
    • A. 

      Immanuel Kant

    • B. 

      Friedrich Nietzsche

    • C. 

      Soren Kierkegaard

    • D. 

      Jean Paul Sartre

  • 2. 
    Which of the following is NOT an existential concept?
    • A. 

      Mankind has no free will.

    • B. 

      Life is a series of choices.

    • C. 

      Few decisions are without any negative consequences.

    • D. 

      If one makes a decision, he or she must follow through.

  • 3. 
    When does one experience an existential moment?
    • A. 

      When attempting to find a way to deal with life experiences.

    • B. 

      When recognizing that anxiety exists and where it comes from.

    • C. 

      When facing depression to find a solution for the problem.

    • D. 

      When taking a leap of faith.

  • 4. 
    Which of the following is a philosophic idea that Kierkegaard does NOT believe in?
    • A. 

      A person must be totally committed to living life and be prepared to go against the accepted norms of society.

    • B. 

      Essence comes before existence because people need to find their own moral perfection.

    • C. 

      Passionate individuals should decide the questions of truth and morality.

    • D. 

      The search for truth causes apprehension.

  • 5. 
    What term is used to describe Kierkegaard's frustration at the human tendency to follow modern technology and the human susceptibiliity to peer pressure?
    • A. 

      Conformity.

    • B. 

      Societal dependence.

    • C. 

      Herd mentality.

    • D. 

      Self preservation.

  • 6. 
    Which of the following does NOT represent an existential situation?
    • A. 

      Deciding to get married.

    • B. 

      Deciding to drop out of college.

    • C. 

      Deciding where to go for lunch.

    • D. 

      Deciding to end a friendship.

  • 7. 
    According to Kierkegaard, what constitutes human existence?
    • A. 

      Only a person who is consciously engaged in an activity is said to exist.

    • B. 

      All living and breathing people are said to exist.

    • C. 

      To exist, one must first have essence.

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 8. 
    When can a moment from essence to existence occur?
    • A. 

      When people become concerned about their human limitations.

    • B. 

      When people try to overcome their limitations.

    • C. 

      When people add dread and unhappiness to their already anxious state of mind.

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 9. 
    What stage of life is a person in when he behaves according to his impulses and desires?
    • A. 

      The ethical stage.

    • B. 

      The existential stage.

    • C. 

      The aesthetic stage.

    • D. 

      The religious stage.

  • 10. 
    What stage of life is a person in when he takes a firm stand on moral questions?
    • A. 

      The ethical stage.

    • B. 

      The existential stage.

    • C. 

      The aesthetic stage.

    • D. 

      The religious stage.

  • 11. 
    What stage of life is achieved by an act of commitment or by a leap of faith?
    • A. 

      The ethical stage.

    • B. 

      The existential stage.

    • C. 

      The aesthetic stage.

    • D. 

      The religious stage.

  • 12. 
    Which of the following best describes Nietzsche's view of the world.
    • A. 

      He looked at everything with enthusiasm and wonder.

    • B. 

      He looked at the world with a jaded eye.

    • C. 

      He believed in looking at the appearance of things to discover truth.

    • D. 

      He viewed life as senseless and meaningless.

  • 13. 
    Because of his rejection of absolute truth, what is Nietzche often accused of embracing?
    • A. 

      Existentialism.

    • B. 

      Hedonsim.

    • C. 

      Nihilism.

    • D. 

      Atavism.

  • 14. 
    What did Nietzsche believe about the concept of right and wrong?
    • A. 

      He believed in universal laws.

    • B. 

      He believed in ethical contextualism.

    • C. 

      He believed in ethical relativism.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 15. 
    What doctrine says that everything happens an infinite number of times with an infinite number of variations?
    • A. 

      The doctrine of eternal divergence.

    • B. 

      The doctrine of eternal convergence.

    • C. 

      The doctrine of eternal recurrence.

    • D. 

      The doctrine of infinite possibilities

  • 16. 
    Which of the following is NOT a part of Nietzsche's idea of the teenage Ubermensch?
    • A. 

      Being manipulated by the media.

    • B. 

      The avoidance of peer pressure.

    • C. 

      The use of technology because it provides something personally useful.

    • D. 

      Being motivated by the will to power and the will to self.

  • 17. 
    Which of the following does NOT describe Nietzsche's Ubermensch, the person who transcends desires?
    • A. 

      Rejects conventional moralities.

    • B. 

      Judges own actions as good.

    • C. 

      Concerned with the afterlife.

    • D. 

      Willing to recreate his/herself.

  • 18. 
    What does Zarathustra say man is to the overman?
    • A. 

      An ape.

    • B. 

      A laughing stock.

    • C. 

      A painful embarrassment.

    • D. 

      Both B and C

    • E. 

      Both A and C

  • 19. 
    Which of the following BEST describes Nietzsche's idea of The Will to Power?
    • A. 

      Being in command of others.

    • B. 

      Being in command of oneself.

    • C. 

      Being in judgment of others.

    • D. 

      Being in judgment of oneself.

  • 20. 
    Which of the following is not a concept or idea presented in Nietzsche's "On Self-Overcoming"?
    • A. 

      He who cannot obey himself is commanded.

    • B. 

      Commanding is harder than obeying.

    • C. 

      The weaker serves the stronger.

    • D. 

      The smaller yields to the larger.

    • E. 

      None of the above.

  • 21. 
    Which of the following does Sartre believe affects how a person thinks and acts?
    • A. 

      Choices.

    • B. 

      Human nature.

    • C. 

      A higher power.

    • D. 

      Society.

  • 22. 
    Which of the following BEST describes Sartre's distinction between "consciousness" and "self"?
    • A. 

      "Consciousness" determines existence while "self" determines essence.

    • B. 

      "Consciousness" has no existence of its own while "self", however, exists outside of Consciousness.

    • C. 

      "Self" is "nothingness" and "consciousness" is the "becomingness" that allows people to effectively view the world.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 23. 
    Which of the following, according to Sartre, can prevent people from living an authentic life?
    • A. 

      Being passive.

    • B. 

      Following a role.

    • C. 

      Belief in universal values.

    • D. 

      Giving excuses.

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 24. 
    Which of the following BEST describes Sartre's paradoxical quote, "Man is condemned to be free"?
    • A. 

      Freedom is not always a good thing.

    • B. 

      Freedom brings unhappiness when people realize what it really means to be free.

    • C. 

      People are forever dissatisfied with existence.

    • D. 

      Both A and B

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 25. 
    Which of the following BEST describes Sartre's quote, "Hell is other people"?
    • A. 

      Mean people suck.

    • B. 

      Human relationships are constant conflicts.

    • C. 

      I'm perfect and others are not.

    • D. 

      Three words: RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC.

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