Freedom Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Orlando Patterson
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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. Which of Aeschylus' plays does he cite?

2. In earlier cultures, what was ultimately done with the captive slave?

3. Who are the only beings that are truly free?

4. Why is freedom not practical for a slave during this period?

5. What must one be to be considered Greek?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is slavery? What is a slave-dominated society like?

2. The development of freedom as a social value can be traced to five revolutions that occurred in Athens between 7 and 4 B.C. What is one of the revolutions?

3. What are the schools of thought among Hellenistic thinkers?

4. Why are foreign slaves brought into the country?

5. The contemporaneous development of slavery and the concept of freedom characterize ancient Athens and Greece. How does Patterson again use Greek drama to support this point?

6. What leads to war and the end of Athens' imperialism?

7. During the war in the sixth century B.C., Greek cities are occupied by the Persians. What does this do to the Greeks?

8. What does this chapter describe?

9. Eventually the differing views of freedom lead to social conflict and upheaval. What causes this?

10. Describe the Oedipus trilogy of Sophocles in relation to freedom.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As Europe emerges from the Middle Ages, there are similarities and, yet, conflicts between church and state.

Part 1) What are the similarities bet church and state? Why are the church and state in conflict?

Part 2) How is this conflict settled? How effective is this? Explain.

Part 3) How has conflict continued into modern times? How is this conflict handled today? Why is it handled this way?

Essay Topic 2

By medieval times, Europe makes the transition from slavery to serfdom.

Part 1) Compare slavery to serfdom. Why does the end of the Roman Empire not end slavery?

Part 2) Why do historians down play the role of freedom during this period of time?

Part 3) Who controls freedom at this time? How do people at this time think of freedom? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Patterson states he does not mean for his book to be a study of the intellectual study of freedom, but the historical development of freedom a a social value.

Part 1) Why is this his purpose?

Part 2) Based on this book, what might be the author's thoughts on the social value of freedom? Why?

Part 3) Why must the study of the intellectual study of freedom naturally be a part of this book, even though it is not what the author intended?

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