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. De Tocqueville believes that revolutions are generally the result of the people's desire to eliminate what?

2. The vast majority of the American populace is too busy with _________________ to bother with a revolution.

3. In America, all siblings are what?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What do rising wages for workers mean?

6. What normally causes a great social revolution?

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

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

9. How do the citizens of America see their equality when it comes to work collectively, according to de Tocqueville's observations?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using examples from the book, where does authority originate from in America as opposed to in an aristocratic regimen? How does this influence the structure and behavior of a democracy as compared to an aristocracy?

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

De Tocqueville believes that nations today (in his time) will be unable to stop the conditions of man from becoming equal. What support does he provide for this statement? Do the ideas presented in his book support his statement? Why or why not? Use the book to support your answer.

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