Democracy in America Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Despite the huge lands, what remained a minor enterprise when de Tocqueville was observing America?

2. What general attitude does de Tocqueville purport that Americans have towards each other?

3. In de Tocqueville's observations, the economic class of an individual may confer on him several privileges, but there are no _______________ attached to those privileges.

4. Democracy influences the citizens' political views and what other types of views?

5. "A priori" means what?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the following ideas as de Tocqueville uses them in his explanation and exploration of democracy:

i. servitude and individuality

ii. despotism and tyranny

iii. oppression and freedom.

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 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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