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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is it that allows an adolescent to exceed his limits?
(a) A strength he attains as the reward for competition against his peers.
(b) A strength that had always been there, unused.
(c) A strength that he did not know he had.
(d) A strength he assumes by strict physical training.

2. What advice does Rousseau give to mothers?
(a) Rear their children near their schools.
(b) Never let the children outside.
(c) Hire a nanny for the child.
(d) Rear their children in the country.

3. What kind of mother does Rousseau address himself to?
(a) Mothers who think for themselves.
(b) Mothers who follow the rules.
(c) Mothers who have traditions.
(d) Mothers who believe in God.

4. What kind of opinions does Rousseau seem to hold, as he talks about book learning?
(a) Reverential.
(b) Devotional.
(c) Skeptical.
(d) Anti-intellectual.

5. What does Rousseau recommend mothers should give up?
(a) Foot binding.
(b) Books.
(c) Breastfeeding.
(d) Swaddling clothes.

6. What is Rousseau's ideal for child rearing?
(a) Do away with inner conflicts.
(b) Instill self-reliance as the solution to inner conflicts.
(c) Make children aware of their inner conflicts.
(d) Instill obedience as the solution to inner conflicts.

7. What change does a man experience at his second birth?
(a) The ability to hold complex ideas.
(b) The ability to reason.
(c) Sexual desire.
(d) Facial hair and a deeper voice.

8. How was Rousseau helped in establishing a career?
(a) By support from the deans at the Sorbonne.
(b) By support from a mentor and benefactor.
(c) By his relationships with women.
(d) By support from his parents.

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

10. What argument does Rousseau use to support his emphasis on the need for physical activity in children?
(a) He refutes philosophers' claims to the contrary.
(b) He appeals to the reader's common sense.
(c) He cites philosophers who agree with him.
(d) He refers to studies that have been conducted.

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

12. What example does Rousseau use for teaching Emile to read?
(a) The tutor left notes around for Emile and Emile wanted to read them.
(b) The tutor threatened to humiliate Emile if he did not know his letters.
(c) The tutor told Emile that he would be rewarded if he learned to read.
(d) The tutor cajoled Emile with praise and gifts.

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

14. Who rewarded Rousseau for writing "Emile"?
(a) The nobility.
(b) The common people.
(c) The aristocracy.
(d) The clergy.

15. What does Rousseau contrast with the active lifestyle?
(a) The lifestyle of moderation.
(b) The sedentary lifestyle.
(c) The meditative lifestyle.
(d) The military lifestyle.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the customary view of children, according to Rousseau?

2. What kind of clothing does Rousseau prefer for children?

3. What does Rousseau recommend for children, along with physical activity?

4. Who should have the power in a family?

5. What does Rousseau say about the first 25 years of a man's life?

(see the answer keys)

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