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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What kind of approach does Rousseau advocate for parents when their children are hurt?
(a) Drastic approach: take the child to a doctor immediately.
(b) Punitive approach: punish the child for getting hurt.
(c) Moderate approach: let the child see that he will be all right.
(d) Hands-off approach: let the child fend for himself.

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

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

4. What does Rousseau explicate regarding selfishness?
(a) How it is sown by passions.
(b) How it is created by teachers.
(c) How it emerges naturally.
(d) How it is falling into laziness.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Rousseau's focus in Chapter 1, Book 3?

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

3. What does Rousseau say about selfishness?

4. How does Rousseau suggest telling students about where babies come from?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rousseau contrast book learning and experiential learning?

2. Why does Rousseau say that it is vital, when relating to a child, to be responsive while yet retaining authority?

3. How did Rousseau break with tradition when he published "Emile"?

4. What advice does Rousseau give mothers?

5. What does Rousseau mean when he urges readers to see ignorance?

6. Why does Rousseau propose a "moderate approach" in responding to a child's injuries?

7. According to Rousseau, what allows a child to find the extra ability that allows him to grow?

8. What was Rousseau's experience of raising his children?

9. What kind of strength does Rousseau want to engender in a child?

10. Why does Rousseau say that the adolescent is at the peak of his development and reasoning?

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