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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. 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 the stars.
(b) The origin of life.
(c) The origin of music.
(d) The origin of inequality.

5. What does Rousseau want everyone to recognize in "Chapter 3, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Dedication and Preface"?
(a) The authority of art.
(b) The power of greed.
(c) The wealth of the land.
(d) The authority of the state.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rousseau question moral behavior could strictly be brought about by?

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

3. What would make an artist sad according to "Chapter 2, A Discourse on the Moral Effects of the Arts and Sciences, Part II"?

4. What should society teach men to do instead of pursuing virtue, according to Rousseau?

5. What does inequality cheapen according to Rousseau?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Chapter 5, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Part Two" what do men slowly realize they differ in and how is that important?

2. Where does Rousseau believe many civilizations believe science arose from according to "Chapter 2, A Discourse on the Moral Effects of the Arts and Sciences, Part II"?

3. Explain what Rousseau suggests about mankind's living quarters in their earliest stage.

4. Explain Rousseau's view of philosophers.

5. What is the general will composed of, according to "Chapter 7, A Discourse on Political Economy"?

6. Describe how the arts and sciences have helped to repress our wickedness, according to Rousseau.

7. Explain how private persons have become slaves, according to Rousseau in "Chapter 5, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Part Two".

8. Explain why Rousseau feels ignorance has been praised.

9. Describe where patriotism must come from as discussed in "Chapter 7, A Discourse on Political Economy".

10. What does Rousseau in "Chapter 2, A Discourse on the Moral Effects of the Arts and Sciences, Part II" think an artist's greatest compensation is?

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