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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through A Critique of Utilitarianism.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How, according to Rawls, does justice help to assign rights and duties?
(a) It states who has the power and who doesn't.
(b) It enforces the law.
(c) It ensures that some people get more duties than others.
(d) It ensures that there is an equal distribution of such.

2. What is the greatest criticism levelled against Utilitarianism?
(a) It's not realistic.
(b) That majority views are ignored.
(c) It is not strong enough.
(d) That minority views are ignored.

3. Why does Utilitarian thinking not really understand the difference between persons?
(a) Utilitarianism is never applied to the individual.
(b) Utilitarianism is never applied to the society.
(c) It perceives persons only as voters.
(d) That different people’s situations mean different levels of happiness, contentment or suffering.

4. What does Rawls believe is the dominant theory of political philosophy throughout the 20th Century?
(a) Utilitarianism.
(b) Socialism.
(c) Ontology.
(d) Republicanism.

5. Who should hold the greatest advantage in Rawls’ ideal society?
(a) No one.
(b) The royals.
(c) The rich.
(d) The poor.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is John Stuart Mill's Theory of Higher Pleasures?

2. What is the maxim of Utilitarian philosophy?

3. What branch of philosophy is this book concerned with?

4. Who was the father of Utilitarianism?

5. What is the first virtue of social institution, according to Rawls?

(see the answer key)

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