Democracy in America Test | Final 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. Who does de Tocqueville believe seeks exclusive comfort?

2. According to de Tocqueville, total equality of people's condition would only be possible in a society where freedom is what?

3. "A priori" means what?

4. The tendency of Americans to behave differently towards outsiders is sometimes known as what?

5. Workmen, in America, can be replaced how?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do rising wages for workers mean?

2. When the people feel more equal, what are some other side effects?

3. Why are democratic societies less likely to wage war?

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

5. In de Tocqueville's observations, how do Americans act when they meet with strangers outside their borders?

6. How does de Tocqueville define comfort?

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

8. What is one of the problems of equality of conditions?

9. What is at least one difference between the family in a democratic society and in an aristocratic society?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is liberty? What is equality? How are the two ideas interlinked, and what does that mean for democracy? Please support your answer using examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Why is de Tocqueville writing this book, and for whom is he writing the book? Of what is he trying to convince his audience? Support your answer with examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

De Tocqueville states that democracy influences human relationships. In what ways does the information and ideas that de Tocqueville presents support or deny this idea? Which side do you agree with and why? Support your answer with examples from the book.

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