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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Power.
(b) Money.
(c) Remedies.
(d) Love.

2. Who does Rousseau thank at the beginning of "Chapter 3, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Dedication and Preface"?
(a) His wife.
(b) His children.
(c) His parents.
(d) His sovereign lords.

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

4. 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 greed.
(b) The evolution of man.
(c) The evolution of greed.
(d) The nature of man.

5. What does Rousseau believe ensures wicked doctrines corrupting life forever?
(a) The printing press.
(b) History.
(c) Art and artists.
(d) War.

6. According to Rousseau, what led to the degeneration of society?
(a) The progress of art.
(b) The establishment of beauty.
(c) The progress of talent.
(d) The establishment of talent.

7. Who did Rousseau praise for his ignorance in "Chapter 1, A Discourse on the Moral Effects of the Arts and Sciences, Part 1"?
(a) Plato.
(b) Aristotle.
(c) Socrates.
(d) Issac Newton.

8. What does inequality cheapen according to Rousseau?
(a) Love.
(b) Weatlth.
(c) Compassion.
(d) Virtue.

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

10. How many natural principles does Rousseau see in humanity at the end of "Chapter 3, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Dedication and Preface"?
(a) 2.
(b) 3.
(c) 4.
(d) 1.

11. How does Rousseau believe men should feel at the state of leaving ignorance?
(a) Proud.
(b) Ambivalent.
(c) Discerned.
(d) Humiliated.

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

13. 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 wickedness.
(b) Their infatuation.
(c) Their narcissism.
(d) Their kindness.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rousseau say arts require?

2. According to Rousseau, why does science lead to war?

3. What does Rousseau exhort his citizens NOT to do?

4. What would history be empty without, according Rousseau?

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

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