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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was Rousseau's childhood household like?
(a) Violent and chaotic.
(b) Cosmopolitan and literary.
(c) Harsh and silent.
(d) Loving and gentle.

2. When does Rousseau say manhood begins?
(a) At 16.
(b) At 18.
(c) At 21.
(d) At 25.

3. What does Rousseau say an adolescent's new powers and experiences cause him or her to do?
(a) Chafe against constraints.
(b) Speak with new authority.
(c) Submit to authorities.
(d) Discover new laws.

4. What is most relevant in deciding how or whether to punish a child?
(a) The circumstances and the context of the infraction.
(b) The temperaments of the parent and the child.
(c) The spiritual dangers of the issue.
(d) The rule or law at issue.

5. What does the field of epistemology concern itself with?
(a) The realities behind the appearances we can see and measure.
(b) The study of correspondence.
(c) The ideal forms behind the reality we experience.
(d) How we know what we know.

6. Who should have the power in a family?
(a) The child.
(b) God.
(c) The parents.
(d) The nanny.

7. In what does Rousseau say selfishness is rooted?
(a) Competition between facets of the self.
(b) Comparison of the self with others.
(c) Resentment of childhood sexual trauma.
(d) Nostalgia for a prelapsarian state.

8. What trade did Rousseau apprentice in?
(a) Teaching.
(b) Blacksmithing.
(c) Painting.
(d) Engraving.

9. How old was Rousseau when he wrote "Emile"?
(a) In his 30s.
(b) In his 50s.
(c) In his 40s.
(d) In his 60s.

10. What does Rousseau urge people to avoid?
(a) Corruption and sin.
(b) Superstition.
(c) Gossip and rumor.
(d) Pride.

11. How does Rousseau say selfishness is ever satisfied?
(a) It is satisfied with wealth and power.
(b) It is never satisfied.
(c) It is satisfied in nationalism.
(d) It is perfected in familial duty.

12. What innate ability allows a child to exceed his limits?
(a) The ability to discern right from wrong.
(b) The ability to take responsible actions.
(c) The ability to learn from experience.
(d) The ability to read.

13. What does Rousseau say is new for adolescents?
(a) Perception and judgment.
(b) Knowledge and fear.
(c) Passions and humility.
(d) Desire and family.

14. What trait is needed in tutors who are trying to win a student's submission?
(a) Earnestness.
(b) Cleverness.
(c) Love of virtue.
(d) Deceitfulness.

15. When should children begin book learning, in Rousseau's opinion?
(a) After they have learned to write.
(b) As soon as they are walking.
(c) After they have had direct experience.
(d) As soon as they can read.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Rousseau define a happy life?

2. What was the dominant idea in Europe when Rousseau wrote "Emile"?

3. What does Rousseau say he wants Emile to learn?

4. What additional factor allows a child to exceed his limits?

5. What kind of approach does Rousseau advocate for parents when their children are hurt?

(see the answer keys)

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