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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who spread knowledge to the masses, according to Rousseau?
(a) Textbook writers.
(b) Kings.
(c) Historians.
(d) Priests.

2. What has destroyed taste, according to the end of "Chapter 2, A Discourse on the Moral Effects of the Arts and Sciences, Part II"?
(a) Moral corruption.
(b) Art.
(c) Virtue.
(d) Desire.

3. What good definition is hard to find, according to Rousseau?
(a) Natural greed.
(b) Human law.
(c) Human greed.
(d) Natural law.

4. What does Rousseau say the size of the state should be in order to propose laws freely?
(a) Enormous.
(b) Equal.
(c) Large.
(d) Small.

5. What type of rights does Rousseau want the cities in his State to have?
(a) To make peace.
(b) To vote.
(c) To make war.
(d) To make laws.

6. Which was NOT a result in France from leaving behind ignorance?
(a) Increased slavery.
(b) Profligacy.
(c) Luxury.
(d) Equality.

7. What do people seek that do not exist, according to Rousseau at the end of Chapter 2, "A Discourse on the Moral Effects of the Arts and Sciences, Part II"?
(a) Love.
(b) Power.
(c) Remedies.
(d) Money.

8. Why does Rousseau think men lie under restraint?
(a) He doesn't think they lie.
(b) To be controlled.
(c) To feel control.
(d) So they can hide their motives and suppress them.

9. Which other civilizations were NOT mentioned by Rousseau as being impacted by the progress of art?
(a) Rome.
(b) Greece.
(c) Ancient Egypt.
(d) Ireland.

10. Where did Rousseau analyze the effects of the arts and sciences on at the end of "Chapter 1, A Discourse on the Moral Effects of the Arts and Sciences. Part 1"?
(a) France.
(b) Germany.
(c) England.
(d) Italy.

11. How did Rousseau feel men treated morality before art?
(a) Men ignored it.
(b) Men had a rude but natural morality.
(c) Men were ignorant to it.
(d) With passion.

12. According to Rousseau, in the revival, the arts and sciences existed under what entities?
(a) Power and religion.
(b) Government and the law.
(c) Reason.
(d) Reason and religion.

13. What does Rousseau see as possibly contradictory in "Chapter 1, A Discourse on the Moral Effects of the Arts and Sciences, Part I"?
(a) Morality and learning.
(b) Learning and ignorance.
(c) Virtue and morality.
(d) Virtue and learning.

14. Who does Rousseau think promulgates wicked doctrines?
(a) Priests.
(b) Artists.
(c) Scientists.
(d) Philosphers.

15. What can only be brought about by ignorance given its results according to Rousseau?
(a) Political behavior.
(b) Talent.
(c) Bliss.
(d) Moral behavior.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rousseau think the government and society can have?

2. According to Rousseau, which of the following did not arise as a result of leaving a state of ignorance?

3. What does Rousseau believe is an artist's greatest compensation for his labor?

4. What makes motives hard to discern in the modern age, according to Rousseau?

5. What was the state of France, according to Rousseau, as a result of the introduction of the arts and sciences?

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