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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. What is the main task of Rousseau's, "The Discourse on the Origin of Inequality"?
(a) To discuss the history of inequality.
(b) To compare and contrast equality vs inequality.
(c) To discover the origin of inequality.
(d) To discover origins.

2. Who does Rousseau think promulgates wicked doctrines?
(a) Scientists.
(b) Artists.
(c) Philosphers.
(d) Priests.

3. What civilizations does Rousseau follow to track the decline of morality?
(a) The Romans and Greeks.
(b) The English and Greeks.
(c) The Germans and Irish.
(d) The Romans and Germans.

4. Why does Rousseau think men lie under restraint?
(a) To be controlled.
(b) He doesn't think they lie.
(c) So they can hide their motives and suppress them.
(d) To feel control.

5. What has added little to happiness in humans, according to Rousseau?
(a) The progress of arts and sciences.
(b) Government contol.
(c) The progress of art.
(d) Wars.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Rousseau want to live and die?

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

3. According to Rousseau, what led to the degeneration of society?

4. What did Rousseau believe created physics?

5. Why does Rousseau believe the arts and sciences are responsible for the fall and collapse of human's morality?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain what "Chapter 2, A Discourse on the Moral Effects of the Arts and Sciences, Part II" suggests cheapens virtue.

2. Discuss how Rousseau views passions and sensation in "Chapter 4, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Part One".

3. Describe what amore-propre is, according to Rousseau.

4. Explain how Rousseau feels about knowledge as described in "Chapter 3, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Dedication and Preface".

5. What does Rousseau feel humans are called to, according "Chapter 6, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Appendix"?

6. What does Jean-Jacques Rousseau's earliest discourse discuss?

7. In "Chapter 4, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Part One", what passion does Rousseau worry about and why?

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

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

10. Discuss Rousseau's opinion on taxation.

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