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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was man's first feeling, according to Rousseau?
(a) His breath.
(b) Crying.
(c) Self preservation.
(d) His existense.

2. What would make property rights equal?
(a) War.
(b) New government.
(c) If human talents were equal.
(d) New leadership.

3. What cannot be uncovered about nature's inequality, according to Rousseau?
(a) The detriment.
(b) The result.
(c) The reason.
(d) The source.

4. According to Rousseau, what does moral inequality clash with?
(a) Human law.
(b) Human rights.
(c) Natural right.
(d) Natural law.

5. What do men learn to repress as a result of jealousy, according to Rousseau?
(a) Their heated emotions.
(b) Their overall emotions.
(c) Their natural emotions.
(d) Their irrational emotions.

6. What does Rousseau want to know about the "strong"?
(a) Why they serve the weak.
(b) Why they do not serve the weak.
(c) How they came to serve the weak.
(d) Who serves the strong.

7. What does Rousseau say separates the sensation of the savage from simple knowledge?
(a) A bridge.
(b) An ocean.
(c) A gulf.
(d) A universe.

8. What summarizes the end of "Chapter 4, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Part One"?
(a) Calling to the gods for help.
(b) Finding power.
(c) How power came into existence.
(d) Foregoing features of primitive man.

9. What does philosophy do?
(a) Introverts the human.
(b) Broadens the human.
(c) Isolates the human.
(d) Enlightens the human.

10. What does Rousseau feel differing forms of government result in?
(a) Different desires.
(b) Different outlooks.
(c) Different levels of inequality.
(d) Different motivators.

11. How does society subsist according to Rousseau?
(a) Governmental taxation.
(b) Lies.
(c) Gaining at others' expense.
(d) Illegal control.

12. What is human understanding rooted in, according to Rousseau?
(a) Love.
(b) Compassion.
(c) Passions.
(d) Nothing.

13. According to Rousseau, what is the outcome of man's labor?
(a) More resources.
(b) Continual suffrage.
(c) More greed.
(d) Nothing.

14. What do humans owe many of their ideas to?
(a) Their ancestors.
(b) The nature.
(c) Speech.
(d) God.

15. What does amore-propre preserve?
(a) The nature.
(b) The species.
(c) The greed.
(d) The desire.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following are NOT the natural enemies of mankind, mentioned in "Chapter 4, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Part One"?

2. What does Rousseau believe helped man use nature?

3. When does Rousseau believe inequality came?

4. What did some individuals grow rich enough for as a result of inventions?

5. How does Rousseau think the gods will react to people forming a more perfect union?

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