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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Rousseau consider to see if the contradiction he found was true?
(a) The arts and sciences.
(b) The church.
(c) The wealth of the state.
(d) The government.

2. Mankind's new period of reason is a transition from what age according to Rousseau?
(a) Rome's fall of empire.
(b) Europe's barbarism.
(c) America's industrialism.
(d) Europe's fall of empire.

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

4. Which of the following does Rousseau NOT want the youth to seek?
(a) Luxury.
(b) Light.
(c) Repentance.
(d) Pleasures.

5. What does Rousseau's "Chapter 1, A Discourse on the Moral Effects of the Arts and Sciences, Part I" discuss about the correlation between the restoration of the arts and sciences and morality?
(a) If corruption negates artistic quality.
(b) If morality is purified or corrupted by arts and science.
(c) If morality purifies science.
(d) How morality and corruption affect one another.

6. Human morals are not improved by what subject according to Rousseau?
(a) The sciences.
(b) Religion.
(c) Engineering.
(d) The arts.

7. What type of land does Rousseau prefer to live in?
(a) Where he can live freely.
(b) Where no art exists.
(c) Where no man is equal.
(d) Where everyone is equal.

8. How did older centuries think of natural law, according to Rousseau?
(a) Beyond ethics.
(b) Beyond humanity.
(c) Beyond science.
(d) Beyond art.

9. What civilizations does Rousseau follow to track the decline of morality?
(a) The English and Greeks.
(b) The Romans and Germans.
(c) The Germans and Irish.
(d) The Romans and Greeks.

10. What must Rousseau first figure out before writing "A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality"?
(a) History of humans.
(b) The nature of civilization.
(c) History of greed.
(d) The nature of humans.

11. What is the main task of Rousseau's, "The Discourse on the Origin of Inequality"?
(a) To discover the origin of inequality.
(b) To discover origins.
(c) To discuss the history of inequality.
(d) To compare and contrast equality vs inequality.

12. 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) Germany.
(b) Italy.
(c) France.
(d) England.

13. What does Rousseau write was required in order to reach a new period of reason?
(a) The ability to forgive.
(b) A new period of desire.
(c) A period of art.
(d) A revolution.

14. Why does Rousseau believe the arts and sciences are responsible for the fall and collapse of human's morality?
(a) They corrupt human importance.
(b) They negate human reason.
(c) The improve well roundedness.
(d) They corrupt human thought.

15. What does Rousseau argue about the discovery of the nature man?
(a) It is odd and perplexing.
(b) It is natural and innate.
(c) There is direct evidence.
(d) There is no direct evidence.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rousseau want everyone to recognize in "Chapter 3, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Dedication and Preface"?

2. What does Rousseau believe is the reason men now live apart?

3. How is wasting time viewed by society today, according to "Chapter 2, A Discourse on the Moral Effects of the Arts and Sciences, Part II"?

4. What does the dissolution of morality follow according to Rousseau?

5. What does Rousseau understand about the idleness in children?

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