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Self Test A on Knowledge & Vocabulary associated with Choice # 11 

Respond to each of the 10 multiple choice questions below by typing the number 1 to 5 of the answer you wish to select in the response box. When finished, click "process your responses".

determinism, fatalist, pre-destination, fortuitous, serendipity, volition

1. All of the following words might be used to describe someone for whom the FATALISM  theme is a key component of their overall worldview except which ? 

1) says responsibility can't be avoided        2) says free will is an illusion       3) refers to "God's plan"    

4) believes in predestination                       5) believes in "the will of God"

2.  A belief or behavior that you would not expect from someone who prefers the FREE WILL theme over the FATALISM theme would be which of the following?

 1) that we are "biochemical puppets"              2) in existentialism              3) valuing introspection

4) in indeterminism                 5) rejecting talk of fulfilling one's destiny

3. Proponents of determinism have an extreme faction. So-called hard determinists—many of them physicists-- once believed that, given enough information about a system (positions, velocities of its material components, forces acting, etc.)  in some initial state, they could use their understanding to predict the future state of that system. The first big blow (roughly one century ago) to this belief was their colleagues’ finding that _____________________.   

1) genetic / DNA replication involves random errors      2) the discovery of so-called epigenetic endowment 

3) quantum mechanical predictions could be made only with probabilities, not certainties       

4) behavioral psychology experiments in the 1950s and 1960s              5) none of the above

4.  Select the ordered pair that best completes this sentence  “While suggesting the ultimate victory (in the centuries old contest) of their preferred theme may be provided by _________________the description of the FREE WILL theme they like subtly attempts to cast fatalists as ______________________.    

1) physicists, fools resigned to helplessness                    2) biologists, fools resigned to helplessness    

3) physicists, naïve and narrow-minded                          4) biologists, naïve and narrow-minded                

5) behavior psychologists, naïve and narrow-minded

5. The word ______________ can be defined or described as "the belief that future events are fixed, caused or predetermined by preceding events." 

1)  volition                            2) fortuitous                                3) divination   

4) determinism                                       5) serendipity


6. The word ______________ can be defined or described as "one who believes events happen due to factors beyond human control."

1) pantheist                       2) fatalist                               3)  evangelical  

4)  skeptic                         5) none of the above 



7.  The word ______________ can be defined or described as "a religious concept involving belief that the complete script of the human drama has already been written--that is, already determined by God."

1)  fatalist                          2) pre-destination                                 3)  volition

4)   determinism                5) homeopathy 


8. The word ______________ can be defined or described as "associated with making fortunate discoveries by chance."

1)  random                                 2)   fortuitous                              3)   volition

4)  serendipity                           5) mysticism 


9.  The word ______________ can be defined or described as "happening by chance, unplanned, lucky, accidental."

1)  fortuitous                                      2)   serendipity                              3)   volition

4)  determinism                                 5) fatalism

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10.  The word ______________ can be defined or described as "consciously choosing , from many possible potential actions, a particular action."

1)  bias                                      2)  determinism                               3)   fortuitous

4)  serendipity                                      5) volition    



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