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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What, left uncontrolled, does Hobbes say can lead to misery and unhappiness?
(a) personality, education, and drive
(b) hunger, alcohol, and hedonism
(c) competition, harmful shyness, and vain glory
(d) pride, sloth, and gluttany

3. How does Hobbes classify the person or group of people who have someone speak for them?
(a) As actors
(b) As uneducated
(c) As helpless
(d) As dummies

4. What does Hobbes call the blood flow of a commonwealth?
(a) military power
(b) money
(c) voting rights
(d) religion

5. What does Hobbes say ends a discourse?
(a) A person speaks a different language.
(b) A person grows tired of talking and shuts up.
(c) A person learns the answer to a question or he/she gives up.
(d) A person runs out of anything to say.

6. Why does Hobbes contend that no sovereign can do wrong to anyone under his authority?
(a) The sovereign is led by God.
(b) They entered into the contract to create the sovereign.
(c) The sovereign is exempt from making mistakes.
(d) There is divine Right of Kings.

7. Why does law need interpretation?
(a) in order to make sure it is not understood
(b) in order to change its meanings
(c) in order to apply it to distinct situations
(d) in order to confuse the public

8. Why does Hobbes say that having friends, followers, and servants is the greatest power?
(a) Having these, one does not need anything else.
(b) Being liked and respected makes people good managers and motivators.
(c) With friends, followers, and servants one does not need to work.
(d) Having these, one does not need to go to war.

9. How does Hobbes classify a person who speaks for himself?
(a) As a politician
(b) As an author
(c) As a boaster
(d) As a diplomat

10. How does Hobbes see the commonwealth?
(a) Like a steam engine
(b) Like an artificial man
(c) Like an army
(d) Like a church

11. How must a counselor speak?
(a) truthfully and concisely without using too many confusing and eloquent words
(b) with a lot of repetition so his points sink in
(c) loudly so he can be heard at the back of the group
(d) angrily so that the group will fear him

12. What option does Hobbes say everyone has?
(a) to work or play
(b) to live in misery or happiness
(c) to talk or be quiet
(d) to live or die

13. What does Hobbes say leads to competition among people?
(a) religion
(b) restless desire
(c) different abilities
(d) different interests

14. What is Hobbes' only conditionality regarding all people being created equal?
(a) Some may be taller than others.
(b) Some may be born into money.
(c) Some may be better looking than others.
(d) Some may be stronger or smarter than others.

15. How does Hobbes define a pact or covenant?
(a) when something is sold or traded
(b) when any promise is made
(c) when money changes hands
(d) when something is transferred or traded for future payment

Short Answer Questions

1. What needs to be given to the shy people?

2. What example does Hobbes give as a meaningless combination of words?

3. When does Hobbes suggest it is not logical to follow the Golden Rule?

4. How does Hobbes define injustice of an action?

5. When many people first get together, what are they called?

(see the answer keys)

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