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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What kind of regime did the people of France and England live in?
(a) Authoritarian.
(b) Aristocratic.
(c) Democratic.
(d) Theocratic.

2. What kind of impact does the American press have on its people?
(a) Small.
(b) Huge.
(c) Medium.
(d) Large.

3. De Tocqueville writes that Americans tend to reject all external human authority and rely, instead, on what?
(a) Minority opinion.
(b) Public opinion.
(c) Philosophical evidence.
(d) Historical evidence.

4. De Tocqueville observes that judges are not elected, but are what?
(a) Endowed.
(b) Appointed.
(c) Installed.
(d) Called.

5. What type of person does de Tocqueville say the American writer sees himself as?
(a) Enlightened.
(b) Scholar.
(c) Thinker.
(d) Entrepreneur.

6. Religion and the constant drive for ___________ are the main barriers to the development of independent arts and science in the United States, according to de Tocqueville.
(a) Economic progress.
(b) Comfort
(c) Cupidity.
(d) Material wealth.

7. Cupidity means what?
(a) A strong desire, normally for material things.
(b) A strong desire, normally for achievement.
(c) A strong desire, normally for participation.
(d) A strong desire, normally for wealth.

8. Where were the first colonies established?
(a) New Haven.
(b) New England.
(c) Delaware.
(d) Virginia.

9. De Tocqueville believes that religion provides the people of America with a set of beliefs that does what?
(a) Goes without justification or explanation.
(b) Goes without logic or explanation.
(c) Goes without reason or explanation.
(d) Goes without justification or justice.

10. The American historian holds individuals accountable for what?
(a) Nothing.
(b) Major choices.
(c) Everything.
(d) Major events.

11. Because of the generally accepted principle of equality among Americans, according to de Tocqueville they are less likely to accept what?
(a) Historical logic.
(b) Traditional reasoning.
(c) Traditional ideas.
(d) Historical evidence.

12. How does de Tocqueville characterize political parties?
(a) As unnecessary and good.
(b) As necessary but evil.
(c) As unnecessary and evil.
(d) As necessary and good.

13. De Tocqueville observed that Americans like to explain everything as a result of human what?
(a) Bravery.
(b) Innovation.
(c) Intelligence.
(d) Pride.

14. To a democratic writer, truth cannot emanate from a human simply because the human does what?
(a) Has logic.
(b) Holds power.
(c) Is of the majority.
(d) Exists.

15. What type of people are educated and serve to bring reason to debates through logic?
(a) Statesmen.
(b) Lawyers.
(c) Politicians.
(d) Critics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is scientific research being driven in America at the time de Tocqueville is observing American democracy?

2. When were the first colonies established?

3. In de Tocqueville's observations, what is something the federal government is allowed to do?

4. In a democracy, people take a special interest in the affairs of the state in order to do what?

5. De Tocqueville believes that the democratic writer has less to write about, but the writings are ________, when compared to aristocratic writings.

(see the answer keys)

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