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Assessment Questions

Business EthicsAssessment Questions


Which of the following is not an intellectual virtue according to Aristotle?

  1. the basic order of life
  2. knowledge
  3. wisdom
  4. prudence

Deliberative prudence does all the following except ________.

  1. align ends and means
  2. encourage prodigality
  3. avoid conflict
  4. prevent rash behavior

True or false? According to Aristotle, happiness is a virtuous activity of the soul.


True or false? It is possible to act deliberately and shrewdly in a good way or toward a good end.


How might virtue ethics apply to contemporary business?


Quan means which of the following?

  1. adherence to the past
  2. philosophic tradition
  3. practicality
  4. insistence on protocol

The Analects of Confucius ________.

  1. are similar to Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics
  2. represent an oral tradition
  3. reflect Buddhist ideals
  4. codify a system of virtue ethics

True or false? Confucian virtue ethics is similar to the Aristotelian version in that both are very practical.


True or false? According to Confucius, the hope for reform of Chinese society was a centralized planning system.


How can wholeheartedness and sincerity serve as models of risk assessment?


“Control” as used in this section does not refer to which of the following?

  1. reverence
  2. phrónēsis
  3. temperance
  4. Confucian self-regulation

Managerial ethics is related to which of the following?

  1. shareholder wealth
  2. righteousness
  3. bureaucracy
  4. honor

True or false? In both East and West, the means used to achieve a certain end are often more important than the end.


True or false? Individualism was the greatest value in Confucian ethics.


Utilitarianism is a system that ________.

  1. considers historical conditions
  2. approaches Aristotelian deliberation
  3. builds on natural law theory
  4. attempts to quantify the good

In On Liberty, John Stuart Mill ________.

  1. proposes a harm principle
  2. exalts libertarianism
  3. prescribes a consequentialist answer to ethical crises
  4. rejects rights

True or false? John Stuart Mill’s emphasis on human rights distinguishes him from Jeremy Bentham.


How does utilitarianism affect contemporary business practice?


Does the value that John Stuart Mill placed on the deliberative process and individual expression as the main ways of arriving at truth have any relevance for political debate today?


Immanuel Kant objected to dogmatism in ________.

  1. religion
  2. science
  3. both A and B
  4. neither A nor B

True or false? Immanuel Kant contended that people often interpret reason subjectively.


True or false? A criticism of Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperative is that its refusal ever to permit exceptions in acting ethically is impossible to observe in life.


What are the essential differences between John Stuart Mill’s version of utilitarianism and Immanuel Kant’s deontology?


How does Kantian ethics work in a business setting?


John Rawls’s theory of justice is based on which of the following?

  1. cognitive structures
  2. moral duty
  3. social contract theory
  4. survival of the fittest

The “veil of ignorance” ensures which of the following?

  1. mass delusion
  2. objectivity
  3. self-reliance
  4. Enlightenment reason

True or false? John Rawls’s theory of justice is mainly non-Utilitarian.


A distinguishing characteristic of justice theory is that it emphasizes method over content.


What challenges does Rawlsian justice theory present when it comes to the redistribution of goods and services in society?

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