Capitalism and Freedom Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Regarding certification, what does Friedman stress increases sales?

2. Friedman simply states that to alleviate poverty, we should have a program directed at ______.

3. According to Friedman, what is one major cost of the extension of governmental welfare activities?

4. Which of the following is not an example of social welfare?

5. What does the Texas Railroad Commission enforce?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the problem for Friedman with fair employment commission legislation?

2. According to Friedman, can a liberal be an egalitarian?

3. What does Friedman say about public housing as a form of social welfare?

4. What are the three forms of control discussed by Friedman in Chapter 9, Occupational Licensure?

5. What are two problems with monopolies for the liberal?

6. Who are the biggest advocates of occupational licensure that Friedman describes?

7. Why does Friedman reject "right to work" laws?

8. What example does Friedman use to illustrate his point about direct cash payments to those below a certain income level?

9. Friedman accepts the reasoning that justifies "governmental action to alleviate poverty" (p. 191). What two issues must be addressed in order for this to happen?

10. What does Friedman believe are the effects of minimum wage laws?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Friedman published "Capitalism and Freedom" in 1962. It is one of Friedman's attempts to spread free-market ideas to the public at large. The book advocates a number of free-market proposals, many of which, such as floating exchange rates and flat taxes, are implemented across the world today and seem commonplace. However, many of his more radical ideas remain controversial, such as school vouchers, or are totally ignored, like ending occupational licensure. In an essay, examine the historical context of Friedman's work and analyze the major movements of the time that may have influenced his views.

Essay Topic 2

Milton Friedman (1912--2006) was a Nobel Laureate economist, who not only made important theoretical contributions but also was deeply influential across the world in policy. He was a prominent figure in the conservative and libertarian movements of the late 20th century and promoted classical liberal ideas in his many popular works, including not only books but also videos, lectures, and magazine columns. Friedman published "Capitalism and Freedom" in 1962 and the book has sold half a million copies since. Write an informational essay on Friedman including his early life, academics, Nobel Prize, famous ideas, published works, and lasting impacts.

Essay Topic 3

According to the author, government does have a role in a free society. Analyze Friedman's view of the appropriate role of government.

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