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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What is true philosophy, according to Rousseau in "Chapter 2, A Discourse on the Moral Effects of the Arts and Sciences, Part II"?
(a) Knowing how to speak.
(b) Knowing consequence.
(c) Knowing power.
(d) Knowing how to act.

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

6. 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"?
(a) Good.
(b) Evil.
(c) Needed.
(d) Lazy.

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

8. What should mans' response to the effects of art and science on society be, as described by Rousseau?
(a) Be proud of it.
(b) Embrace it.
(c) Men should be humiliated by this.
(d) Be humbled by it.

9. How do modern centuries see natural law?
(a) Understood rules.
(b) Rules given to men, given to themselves.
(c) Rules.
(d) Accepted societal behavior.

10. What was the state of France, according to Rousseau, as a result of the introduction of the arts and sciences?
(a) They discovered that they were better off in their ignorance.
(b) The arts and sciences were only a luxury.
(c) The arts and sciences were a detrimental luxury.
(d) The needed the arts and sciences.

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

12. What does Rousseau say arts require?
(a) Luxury.
(b) Power.
(c) Talent.
(d) Passion.

13. What does Rousseau understand about the idleness in children?
(a) It's evil.
(b) It's necessary.
(c) It allows growth.
(d) It's a good thing.

14. 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.

15. 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) Virtue.
(b) Moral corruption.
(c) Desire.
(d) Art.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does luxury generate according to "Chapter 2, A Discourse on the Moral Effects of the Arts and Sciences, Part II"?

3. What good definition is hard to find, according to Rousseau?

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

5. What does Rousseau see as possibly contradictory in "Chapter 1, A Discourse on the Moral Effects of the Arts and Sciences, Part I"?

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