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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What distinction does epistemology seek to make?
(a) Between what is eternal and what is particular.
(b) Between what is true and what is false.
(c) Between what is material and what is spirit.
(d) Between what is real and what is imaginative.

2. Whom does Rousseau address in Chapter 1, Book 3?
(a) Adolescents.
(b) Children.
(c) Infants.
(d) Mothers.

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

4. What does Rousseau say Emile can say at the end of each day?
(a) I know more.
(b) I have more.
(c) I am less afraid.
(d) I am stronger.

5. Who tried to punish Rousseau for writing "Emile"?
(a) Public authorities.
(b) Townspeople in his city.
(c) Bureaucrats.
(d) The aristocracy.

6. What does Rousseau say is the purpose of education?
(a) Giving children a sense of their limitations.
(b) Giving children a sense of their potential.
(c) Giving children a sense of their own innate divinity.
(d) Giving children a sense of their innate damnation.

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

8. What does Rousseau say is the danger of books?
(a) That they require one to read yet more books.
(b) That they do not all use the same meanings for words.
(c) That they will not educate the spirit.
(d) That they will lead to false belief.

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

10. What does Rousseau say Emile has been protected from in his education?
(a) Wanting what was beyond his grasp.
(b) Knowing evil.
(c) Being satisfied with what he has.
(d) Knowing his strength.

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

12. What does Rousseau say he wants Emile to learn?
(a) Philosophy.
(b) Virtue.
(c) Discipline.
(d) Ignorance.

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

14. What does the adolescent's strength allow him to do?
(a) Exceed earlier limits.
(b) Compete with adults.
(c) Complete a masterpiece and enter a trade.
(d) Understand human nature.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rousseau say supplies the greatest motivational force for a student?

2. Who rewarded Rousseau for writing "Emile"?

3. What does the author of the introduction suggest was the reason for the success of "Emile" as a book?

4. What is most relevant in deciding how or whether to punish a child?

5. What advantage does physical activity confer on a student?

(see the answer keys)

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