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. In Chapter 12, The Alleviation of Poverty, what two things does Friedman say a person cannot be at the same time?

2. Who does Friedman believe is most critical of capitalism?

3. What type of society does Friedman believe is least materialistic?

4. What prefix were New Dealers commonly called?

5. What has capitalism done for discrimination according to Friedman?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Friedman's recommendation regarding an income tax?

2. According to Friedman, is there any justification for government intervention when it comes to distributing wealth?

3. Do you agree or disagree with Friedman's flat tax proposal?

4. What does Friedman believe are the effects of farm price supports?

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

6. If people were given cash instead of subsidies like food stamps, how might they would use it to get themselves out of poverty, and how might it be wasted?

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

8. What is the progressive income tax?

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

10. 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?

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

Friedman articulates one solution for government involvement in education: vouchers. Analyze Friedman's voucher proposal to the current day voucher proposal and decide whether this would be a good solution to improve education.

Essay Topic 3

Friedman advocates for the end of the progressive income tax in favor of a flat tax. Why is he against the progressive income tax? What are the benefits to a flat tax? In an essay, analyze Friedman's claims on the progressive income tax.

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