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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. Democratic countries do not want revolution or ______, in de Tocqueville's beliefs?
(a) Conquest.
(b) Colonization.
(c) War.
(d) Peace.

2. What is one of the checks and balances on the executive branch to prevent it from becoming despotic?
(a) An independent moral system.
(b) An independent judiciary.
(c) An independent press.
(d) An independent education system.

3. Political associations bring together whom?
(a) The political elite.
(b) The feelings and opinions of men.
(c) The feelings and opinion of the voters.
(d) The electorate.

4. What alone, according to de Tocqueville, is not a strong enough criterion to elevate an individual over the others?
(a) Intelligence.
(b) Wealth.
(c) Strength.
(d) Ability.

5. Equality of conditions means there are no a priori what in America?
(a) Ideas.
(b) Points of view.
(c) Influences.
(d) Prejudices.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does de Tocqueville define as a state of mental ease akin to physical and mental numbness?

2. In America, what did people have before they had equality of conditions?

3. The small variations in manners between Americans and others are interpreted, by Americans, as an expression of what?

4. What type of regime does de Tocqueville believe is more oppressive than a dictatorship?

5. According to de Tocqueville, when men seek more equality and comfort, what do they tend to become?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to de Tocqueville, within their own country, how do Americans tend to behave toward each other?

2. What protects a democratic society from the great excesses that plague aristocratic societies, according to de Tocqueville?

3. How does de Tocqueville define comfort?

4. In what situation would total equality of the people's condition be possible?

5. According to de Tocqueville, how do political associations combat individualism and egoism?

6. Why will democratic governments tend to centralize as they grow?

7. What do rising wages for workers mean?

8. As men seeking equality become more alike, what is one possibility for a type of tyrannical regime in a democratic society, according to de Tocqueville?

9. What normally causes a great social revolution?

10. In de Tocqueville's beliefs, how does too much emphasis on equality lead to tyrannical power?

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