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. In de Tocqueville's beliefs, what is the surest and fastest way to destroy liberty?

2. What requires years of hard and dedicated work before yielding a profit?

3. The desire for immediate gratification led the people of America to what?

4. De Tocqueville states that the aristocracy in America is different from traditional aristocracies because the members of the class do not share what?

5. In America, what type of rank cannot be distinguished immediately?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. In a real world, do democracies value equality or liberty more?

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

4. in de Tocqueville's observations, how are the masters and workmen connected in America?

5. What do rising wages for workers mean?

6. Why does the military, even in a democratic society, tend to seek war?

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

8. What is one of the civil effects of the American society?

9. How does de Tocqueville define comfort?

10. According to de Tocqueville, what political instinct have the American people developed that will counter their natural tendency towards equality?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using examples from the book, what is the main role of an independent judiciary in a democracy? What is the main role of the judiciary in America? Are the two similar or different? Use the book to provide support for your answer.

Essay Topic 2

De Tocqueville believes that democracy counters individualism by ensuring that common good is understood as profiting everyone in the community. In what ways do the structures, people, and ideas de Tocqueville presents in the book affirm that idea? In what ways do they not support the idea? Which is a more convincing argument and why? Support your answers with examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

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

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