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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rousseau say about selfishness?

2. What change does a man experience at his second birth?

3. With what tone does Rousseau open Book 4 Chapter 1?

4. What kind of opinions does Rousseau seem to hold, as he talks about book learning?

5. Who rewarded Rousseau for writing "Emile"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Rousseau assert the need for honesty with respect to Emile, the student?

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

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

4. Describe the motivational power Rousseau attributes to interest.

5. What does Rousseau believe the parents' roles should be in raising a boy?

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

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

8. What kind of behavior is Rousseau urging people to avoid?

9. What does Rousseau say a child's first educational experience should be?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How wide is the appeal of "Emile"? Is it a book for all children and tutors? Is it a book for schools? Is it only appropriate for a certain social class? Is it for all classes?

Essay Topic 2

How does Rousseau's biography affect your reading of his work? Does it make a difference that he gave away five children, or that he was helped by his relationships with women? Does he gain or lose authority for his biography?

Essay Topic 3

What are the pitfalls to Emile's education, and how does Rousseau recommend that a tutor avoid these pitfalls?

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