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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Hobbes call a dominion acquired by conquest?
(a) Democratic
(b) Despotical
(c) Natural
(d) Impoversihed

2. Why can passion for power be dangerous?
(a) People can use evil means to get power.
(b) People cannot achieve it.
(c) People can be electrocuted.
(d) People can be deceived.

3. How does Hobbes describe his compound imagination?
(a) Like seeing a dog and a cat and imagining a kangaroo
(b) Like seeing an appl and an orange and imagining a melon
(c) Like seeing a carriage and a house and imagining a train
(d) Like seeing a man and a horse and imagining a centaur

4. What does Hobbes accept when peace is impossible?
(a) diplomacy
(b) surrender
(c) hiding
(d) war

5. What is a counselor's disadvantage in speaking only to one man?
(a) He can be misquoted.
(b) He can be attacked.
(c) He can be more forceful.
(d) He can be interrupted.

6. What does Hobbes say about controlling thoughts?
(a) People cannot always do it.
(b) Thought should not be controlled.
(c) The commonwealth controls thoughts.
(d) People learn to do it at an early age.

7. What does Hobbes think of using metaphors?
(a) They are improper.
(b) They are never understood.
(c) They are useful.
(d) They cost too much.

8. Why must people create a covenant or agreement to give power to one person, or small group of people?
(a) It is not possible to assemble all the people all the time.
(b) Some think too highly of themselves or blow things out of proportion.
(c) Too many cooks spoil the broth.
(d) That is the natural way of doing things.

9. What is an example of Hobbes' unprovable discourse?
(a) which way the wind blows
(b) the law of gravity
(c) whether cows talk
(d) if God exists or not

10. What is Hobbes' position on mothers and their children?
(a) Mothers have no rights to children.
(b) The mother is the natural owner of the children.
(c) The state owns all children.
(d) Mothers will abandon their children.

11. How does Hobbes identify political systems?
(a) those which are granted status by the sovereign
(b) those which are entirely run by negotiation
(c) thise which are regulated by majority consensus
(d) those which are only governed by an assembly

12. What does Hobbes call a third law of nature?
(a) security
(b) the inevitability of death
(c) habitation
(d) justice

13. When does Hobbes suggest it is not logical to follow the Golden Rule?
(a) when there are no other people around
(b) when no one else is following it
(c) in times of war
(d) during a natural disaster

14. How may a commonwealth be formed?
(a) the first is by inheritance and the second is by accident
(b) the first is by experience and the second is by heredity
(c) the first is by election and the second is by popularity
(d) the first is by natural force or acquisition and the second is by mutual agreement.

15. What two factors does Hobbes believe control mental discourse?
(a) Vocabulary and definitions
(b) Love and hate
(c) Education and experience
(d) Desire and fear

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Hobbes say a person is doing when he stops defending himself?

2. What does Hobbes say are the three types of commonwealth?

3. What does Hobbes say people are either born with or develop?

4. Why does Hobbes say it is natural for the mother to have dominion over children?

5. How does Hobbes define liberty?

(see the answer keys)

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