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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. De Tocqueville believes that educated Americans read what type of literature?
(a) Journalistic.
(b) European.
(c) Relevant.
(d) Scholarly.

2. Religion and politics do what, in American life?
(a) Share similar characteristics.
(b) Influence each other.
(c) Occupy similar space.
(d) Occupy their own space.

3. Lawyers are connected to the aristocracy by their personal interest and what?
(a) Friends.
(b) Education.
(c) Reasoning.
(d) Culture.

4. Compared to the European system, de Tocqueville says the America court system is what?
(a) Meek.
(b) Powerless.
(c) Mild.
(d) Small.

5. What does de Tocqueville observe that the principle of equality has created an extraordinary sense of in the American people?
(a) Stability.
(b) Logic.
(c) Perfectability.
(d) Rationality.

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

7. Materialism and _______ are part of the consequences of a perceived equality of conditions.
(a) Mediocrity.
(b) Perseverance.
(c) Intellectualism.
(d) Egoism.

8. Aristocratic regimes in Europe put the wealth into the hands of whom?
(a) The few.
(b) The ennobled.
(c) The monarch.
(d) The many.

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

10. Because the settlers imported most of their technical knowledge, when they got to America they only had to do what?
(a) Create the theory to go behind it.
(b) Remember it.
(c) Put it into practice.
(d) Adapt it to American ideas and situations.

11. De Tocqueville compares equality to what weapon?
(a) A double-edged sword.
(b) A dagger.
(c) A bow and arrow.
(d) A spear.

12. In de Tocqueville's observations, the patriotism of Americans is more akin to cupidity than to what?
(a) A sense of obligation.
(b) A sense of requirement.
(c) A sense of duty or pride.
(d) A sense of country.

13. 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) Historical evidence.
(c) Traditional reasoning.
(d) Traditional ideas.

14. Who gets the powers not enumerated to the federal government?
(a) The judiciary.
(b) The states.
(c) The townships.
(d) The people.

15. In a monarchic regime, political positions and the bulk of the wealth are reserved for whom?
(a) The members of the monarchy and their friends.
(b) The members of the aristocratic majority.
(c) The members of the aristocratic minority.
(d) The members of the monarchy.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to de Tocqueville, in America men obey what?

3. In times of peace, what has more power than the President?

4. According to de Tocqueville, equality can enable what?

5. Democratic regimes will value general well-being over what?

(see the answer keys)

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