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

2. What was the dominant idea in Europe when Rousseau wrote "Emile"?
(a) That all knowledge is just remembering.
(b) That knowledge is innate.
(c) That knowledge comes from the senses.
(d) That knowledge comes from God.

3. What is the consequence of too many slips in the child-rearing process?
(a) The child becomes a coward.
(b) The child becomes well adjusted.
(c) The child becomes a tyrant.
(d) The child becomes too obedient.

4. What is the ultimate goal of Rousseau's educational philosophy?
(a) A student who can discern the difference between not knowing and ineffective grasps at knowledge.
(b) A student who acts as a repository for facts and theories for the benefit of the society around him.
(c) A student who can quote scripture for anything that happens, no matter how rare or unusual.
(d) A student who can observe the laws of the government and of the church.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which philosopher does Rousseau cite by name in the section on Submission?

2. In what does Rousseau say selfishness is rooted?

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

4. What does Rousseau say is new for adolescents?

5. What does Rousseau say children are working within as they attain their strength?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rousseau say a child can be managed without interest?

2. What does Rousseau say is the purpose of education?

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

4. Describe Rousseau's childhood and early career.

5. What does Rousseau say about man's inherent moral nature?

6. How does Rousseau describe man's second birth?

7. How does Rousseau distinguish between self-love and selfishness?

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

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

10. What does Rousseau say has a corrupting effect on men?

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