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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What deals with the affairs of the people and is bound to be turbulent and uncertain?
(a) Society.
(b) Community.
(c) Religion.
(d) Politics.

2. According to de Tocqueville, in Europe men obey what?
(a) God.
(b) Men.
(c) Laws.
(d) Justice.

3. Instead of being driven by man, events--according to a democratic writer--are driven by what?
(a) Providence or sheer necessity.
(b) Providence or irresistible forces.
(c) Fate or irresistable forces.
(d) Fate or sheer necessity.

4. The balancing act that the three branches of government perform on each other is referred to as what?
(a) Freedom from tyranny.
(b) Federalism.
(c) Opposing powers.
(d) Checks and balances.

5. According to de Tocqueville, in America men obey what?
(a) Secular authority.
(b) Divine authority.
(c) God.
(d) Justice and laws.

Short Answer Questions

1. When American writers exaggerate the importance of a subject, de Tocqueville says it gets lost in what?

2. What does de Tocqueville observe that the principle of equality has created an extraordinary sense of in the American people?

3. What kind of impact does the American press have on its people?

4. De Tocqueville believes that there must be complete freedom of what?

5. 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.

Short Essay Questions

1. After the American Revolutionary war, the government defined, very precisely, the powers that belonged to whom?

2. Where does the American writer find poetry, according to de Tocqueville's observations?

3. What does de Tocqueville believe is the logic that is followed when people adopt the authority of the majority?

4. What is one of the drawbacks to de Tocqueville's view of the American approach to literature and poetry?

5. According to de Tocqueville, although the democratic writer might have less to write about, what is the level of importance of what he writes about?

6. De Tocqueville believes that political parties are what to democratic societies?

7. The communities of New England set the foundation of a democratic society based on what?

8. What are some of the suggestions that equality makes to the beliefs of the American people?

9. What, according to the author, are some of the downsides of democracy?

10. Before the American Revolution, what were the two great political parties in the United States and what were their aims?

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