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. For whom is de Tocqueville writing this book?

3. The institutions of the United States tend to bring together what type of people?

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

5. De Tocqueville believes that the nations of his time cannot prevent the conditions of men from becoming _________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is one reason that democracies do not value equality and liberty equally?

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. How is the division of labor in the industries in the United States divided?

5. How does de Tocqueville define comfort?

6. What does the lack of rigidity in a family relationship in a democratic society allow the family to do, according to de Tocqueville?

7. What two concepts, though linked, should not be confounded?

8. According to de Tocqueville, in a democratic society, what seems like endless variations of the same and monotonous reality?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are some of the historical influences that have shaped American democracy as de Tocqueville explains it? Use specific examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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

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