Emile Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 the author offer to the reader of Book 4, Chapter 2?

2. What does Rousseau say is the rule for men?

3. Why does woman submit to man, in Rousseau's opinion?

4. What benefit does Rousseau say can come from reading books?

5. What quality is necessary for any marriage to succeed, in Rousseau's opinion?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rousseau describe Sophy's parents' marriage as they consider finding a marriage for Sophy?

2. What does Emile's father tell Emile about sexual fidelity in men and women?

3. What does Rousseau say are the benefits and dangers of book learning?

4. How does the priest describe his feelings about leaving the church?

5. What kind of contact is allowed between Emile and Sophy?

6. How does Emile react to the news that he and Sophy have to separate?

7. What form of education does Rousseau imagine that will help Emile resist the possibility of corruption?

8. What does Rousseau say about the conflict between the sexes?

9. What is Rousseau's perspective when he writes about sexual desire in Book 4, Chapter 3?

10. What three forces does Rousseau say are involved in preparing Sophy for marriage?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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 central terms or concepts in Rousseau's "Emile"? Do they change over time? Are they constant?

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