Genealogy of Morals
Genealogy of Morals
First Essay, Sections 1-9
First Essay, Sections 10-12
First Essay, Sections 13-17
Second Essay, Sections 1-7
Second Essay, Sections 8-15
Second Essay, Sections 16-25
Third Essay, Sections 1-10
Third Essay, Sections 11-14
Third Essay, Sections 15-22
Third Essay, Sections 23-28
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1. What did Nietzsche, at thirteen, identify as the origin of morality?
2. What, according to Nietzsche, should we have read before reading
The Genealogy of Morals
The Origin of Species,
by Charles Darwin
The Educated Mind,
by Kieran Egan
All Nietzsche's previous books
3. Nietzsche notes a similarity between the word "bad" and all these other words EXCEPT
4. Nietzsche notes a similarity between the word "good" and all these other words EXCEPT
5. Which of the following do the English psychologists identify as the source of our concept of "good"?
6. What does Nietzsche deem to be the greatest creation of slave morality?
The "blonde beast"
7. What concept stands at the foundation of slave morality in contrast to which all other concepts follow?
Jesus as Savior
8. Who is the ultimate "doer" behind the deed of killing a lamb?
The bird of prey
There is no "doer" behind the deed.
9. What leads us to believe in the existence of a soul?
The knowledge of an afterlife
10. What is the primary focus of the passage from Tertullian that Nietzsche quotes at length?
The salvation of sinners
The punishments of the damned
A condemnation of birds of prey
How to do right in the eyes of the Lord
11. What word does Nietzsche associate with the origin of the word "guilt"?
12. Which of the following is the highest expression of power over an offender?
Allowing the matter to be settled by justice
13. Which of the following has never been a "meaning" of punishment?
To even out a debt
A festive celebration of power
To develop bad conscience in the offender
To prevent future misfortune
14. Which of the following did ancient people NOT have?
A concept of guilt
An inner life
15. What have modern societies worked to overcome?
Our ancient cruelty
Our animal instincts
Our fear of death
16. How was the transition made from an animal state to organized communities?
A common fear banded people together
People came together and formed a social contract that would benefit everyone
Food became scarce and we needed greater organization
A tyrannous minority violently forced people into communities
17. Which of the following is not a manifestation of a people's debt to its tribal ancestors?
Christ's death on the cross
Sacrifice to gods
18. What is the meaning of ascetic ideals among artists?
It maximizes their feeling of power
It extinguishes their will
It is essentially meaningless
It allows them to command others
19. Whose definition of the beautiful does Nietzsche most admire?
20. How does Nietzsche ultimately come to interpret ascetic ideals?
As the protective instinct of a degenerating life
As a self-contradiction
As an antithesis to life
As the ultimate expression of art
21. Which of the following is ultimately considered true about asceticism?
It is an expression of strength
It is an expression of health
It is an expression of happiness
It is life-affirming
22. Which of the following is NOT considered by Nietzsche to be a means of easing the displeasure felt by the herd?
Extinction of the will
An "orgy of feeling"
Cruelty to others
23. Which of the following books does Nietzsche dislike?
The Old Testament
The New Testament
24. What faith does science rest on?
Science is objective and calls all faiths into question
A faith in truth
A faith in God
A faith in Nietzsche
25. Which of the following does Nietzsche NOT associate with the ascetic ideal?
Belief in absolute truth
Abstinence from worldly pleasures
Critique of the will to truth
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