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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do modern centuries see natural law?

2. What does Rousseau reflect on at the beginning of "Chapter 3, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Dedication and Preface"?

3. Why does Rousseau think men lie under restraint?

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

5. What is true philosophy, according to Rousseau in "Chapter 2, A Discourse on the Moral Effects of the Arts and Sciences, Part II"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Rousseau views the impact the size of a society has on determining an individual's motives.

2. What were man's two first feelings according to Rousseau?

3. Why is there no benefit in man's private interest according to Rousseau in "Chapter 6, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Appendix"?

4. Describe the type of land Rousseau states he prefers to live in in "Chapter 3, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Dedication and Preface".

5. How did the introduction of art affect men according to Rousseau in "Chapter 1, A Discourse on the Moral Effects of the Arts and Sciences, Part I"?

6. Discuss Rousseau's opinion on taxation.

7. Describe what type of person Rousseau wants to represent the State.

8. How does Rousseau feel speech and grammar became established?

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

10. Describe how Rousseau feels about property rights according to "Chapter 5, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Part Two".

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss the motif that knowledge is a tragedy in "A Discourse on Inequality" and why Rousseau reasons so.

Essay Topic 2

According to Rousseau, analyze and describe where inequality originates and why it evolves to where it is in today's society.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Rousseau's definition of the savage man to the modern man.

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