Democracy in America Test | Mid-Book 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. A democracy will not purposely legislate against the good of its what?

2. To a democratic writer, truth cannot emanate from a human simply because the human does what?

3. The democratic writer assumes that man is what?

4. De Tocqueville believes that educated Americans read what type of literature?

5. Democracy is a catalyst for what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What laws prevailed as the basis of the developing democratic society in the United States?

2. Americans want to explain everything through human intelligence and leave the rest to be explained by what, according to de Tocqueville?

3. According to de Tocqueville, why does the United States only produce journalistic literature?

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

5. Although religion remains out of the realm of politics according to de Tocqueville's observations, what political effect does religion have?

6. What is the unusual political power, based on the Constitution, that the American judicial system holds?

7. Why does the minority recognize the decision and rights of the majority in America, according to de Tocqueville's observations?

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

9. According to de Tocqueville, what are the differences between the American and European press?

10. What does de Tocqueville analyze in his book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using examples from the book, what is tyranny, and how does democracy fight it?

Essay Topic 2

What is de Tocqueville's definition of religion? What role does religion play in politics, specifically in a democracy? Support your answer with examples and ideas from the book.

Essay Topic 3

De Tocqueville presents many ways in which a democracy can protect itself from abuse. Why does de Tocqueville believe that a democracy will be abused, and what does he suggest as protection from that abuse? Use examples from the book to support your ideas.

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