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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Individual Versus Society.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is John Stuart Mill's Theory of Higher Pleasures?
(a) The belief that intellectualism, refinement and poetry are better pleasures that dancing, lust or wealth.
(b) The belief that one should spend the most money on the finest things in life.
(c) The belief that feelings are better pleasures than stability, wealth or objects.
(d) The belief that going to church is the highest form of pleasure.

2. What does Rawls admit might happen within his just society?
(a) Persecution.
(b) Civil war.
(c) Political upheaval.
(d) Social and Economic inequality.

3. What is the only caveat to a maximum liberty of the individual?
(a) That the individual is god-fearing.
(b) That the individual does not impede anyone else's liberty.
(c) That the individual does not challenge the powers that be.
(d) That the individual does not make too much money.

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

5. In what era was the theory of the Social Contract in favor?
(a) The Modern Era.
(b) The Dark Ages.
(c) The Renaissance.
(d) The Enlightenment.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rawls want his theory of justice to be?

2. In the chapter “The Original Position,” what does Rawls say must be assumed about the person?

3. What is the greatest criticism levelled against Utilitarianism?

4. What does Rawls think a person would decide about their society if they had any choice?

5. What does Rawls believe is the dominant theory of political philosophy throughout the 20th Century?

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