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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) England.
(c) Germany.
(d) Italy.

2. What type of government worries Rousseau?
(a) Democratic.
(b) Republican.
(c) Green.
(d) Dictatorship.

3. According to Rousseau, which of the following did not arise as a result of leaving a state of ignorance?
(a) Ignorance.
(b) Slavery.
(c) Luxury.
(d) Wealth.

4. According to Rousseau, why does science lead to war?
(a) It allows plan of attacks.
(b) It produces better weapons.
(c) It enables the desire of revenge.
(d) It gives knowledge.

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

6. The arts and sciences have helped human beings to repress what according to "Chapter 1, A Discourse on the Moral Effects of the Arts and Sciences, Part I"?
(a) Their infatuation.
(b) Their wickedness.
(c) Their kindness.
(d) Their narcissism.

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

8. What does Rousseau hope the citizens are able to keep?
(a) Hope.
(b) Their democracy.
(c) Faith.
(d) Power.

9. What does Rousseau exhort his citizens NOT to do?
(a) Trust one another.
(b) Distrust one another.
(c) Distrust the state.
(d) Distrust the government.

10. What does Rousseau reflect on at the beginning of "Chapter 3, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Dedication and Preface"?
(a) The origin of inequality.
(b) The origin of the stars.
(c) The origin of life.
(d) The origin of music.

11. What did Rousseau believe created physics?
(a) Idleness.
(b) Pride.
(c) Greed.
(d) Desire.

12. What does Rousseau believe is an artist's greatest compensation for his labor?
(a) Display.
(b) Praise.
(c) Money.
(d) Admiration.

13. Describe what Rousseau felt the following did NOT do for human morals in regard to the arts and sciences.?
(a) Improve them.
(b) Strengthen them.
(c) Affect them.
(d) Worsen them.

14. What is much disagreement made over, according to Rousseau in "Chapter 3, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Dedication and Preface"?
(a) The nature of man.
(b) The nature of greed.
(c) The evolution of greed.
(d) The evolution of man.

15. What does Rousseau want all individuals to have love for?
(a) Their parents.
(b) Their history.
(c) Themselves.
(d) Their country.

Short Answer Questions

1. Mankind's new period of reason is a transition from what age according to Rousseau?

2. What does Rousseau argue at the beginning of "Chapter 2, A Discourse on the Moral Effects of the Arts and Sciences, Part II"?

3. What does one have no time to learn when he or she is learning science, according to Rousseau?

4. What type of rights does Rousseau want the cities in his State to have?

5. Which other civilizations were NOT mentioned by Rousseau as being impacted by the progress of art?

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