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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. What created ethics according to Rousseau?

2. How do modern centuries see natural law?

3. Describe what Rousseau felt the following did NOT do for human morals in regard to the arts and sciences.?

4. What does Rousseau want everyone to recognize in "Chapter 3, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Dedication and Preface"?

5. What type of land does Rousseau prefer to live in?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does economic inequality evolve according to "Chapter 5, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Part Two"?

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

4. Discuss Rousseau's opinion on taxation.

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

6. Explain why Rousseau believes it is difficult to discuss the effects that the arts and sciences have on society.

7. What are the effects of idleness on humanity, according to "Chapter 2, A Discourse on the Moral Effects of the Arts and Sciences, Part II"?

8. According to Rousseau, how does science negatively affect the human population?

9. Compare and contrast the difference of amore-propre to philosophy according to Rousseau in "Chapter 4, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Part One".

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and explain the affect that human passion has on humanity according to Rousseau in "A Discourse on Inequality".

Essay Topic 2

Explain and analyze how speech is a "cry of nature" and how Rousseau feels speech evolved.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Jean-Jacques Rousseau's ideal and preferred type of government to the one that actually exists and how his ideas are ambitious.

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