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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How was Rousseau rewarded for writing "Emile"?
(a) With public holidays.
(b) With entitlements and privileges.
(c) With land and secured income.
(d) With money and reputation.

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

3. What balance does Rousseau try to strike in his child rearing?
(a) Create an obedient child without making him hate you.
(b) Teach strict morals and free will.
(c) Be responsive but retain authority.
(d) Leave the child free but also structure its learning.

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

5. How does Rousseau suggest we see childhood?
(a) As the goal for all men's development.
(b) As a stage in the man's development.
(c) As a time in itself.
(d) As a perfect state in itself.

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

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

8. How does Rousseau answer Emile's question about where babies come from?
(a) Without describing sexual activity but without being deceitful.
(b) He refuses to answer the question until Emile is older.
(c) In explicit detail.
(d) In polite euphemisms.

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

10. Against what does Rousseau warn teachers?
(a) Giving students too much freedom.
(b) Simplifying the truth.
(c) Consorting with their students.
(d) Dishonesty with their students.

11. What allows adolescents to reach a developmental peak in adolescence?
(a) The attainment of sexual maturity.
(b) The fluidity of sexual identification.
(c) The beginnings of sexual desire.
(d) The lack of sexual desire.

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

13. Who begins to have an influence on the child after the mother has weaned the boy?
(a) The siblings.
(b) The nanny.
(c) God.
(d) The tutor.

14. How does Rousseau define a happy life?
(a) A life of devotion to spiritual growth.
(b) A life with more pleasure than pain.
(c) A life of good work done well among good people.
(d) A life with freedom from want and suffering.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the ultimate goal of Rousseau's educational philosophy?

2. Whom does Rousseau address in Chapter 1, Book 3?

3. When should children begin book learning, in Rousseau's opinion?

4. What does Rousseau say Emile can say at the end of each day?

5. What does Rousseau recommend mothers should give up?

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