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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. Who should have the power in a family?

2. Why does Rousseau say that children lack strength?

3. If someone published under his/her own name, what question did he/her confront?

4. What does Rousseau say is new for adolescents?

5. In what sense does Rousseau say that children have strength?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Rousseau's childhood and early career.

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

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

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

6. What does Rousseau say are the dangers of libertinism?

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

8. How does Rousseau answer the question about where babies come from?

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

10. How was "Emile" received?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Is there contradiction in Emile's learning to value ignorance, and Rousseau saying that the worst thing a woman can inflict on a man is ignorance about his paternity?

Essay Topic 3

Write a book review of "Emile". What does it set out to do, and how does it accomplish that goal? Is it successful? IS it still relevant today, aside from having historical meaning?

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