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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What kind of idea does Hobbes classify as good wit?
(a) one that everyone can agree to
(b) one so unique that nobody else would have thought of it
(c) one open to argument and debate
(d) one that produces only good results

2. What is Hobbes' idea about ownership of commodities in a commonwealth?
(a) Only native commodities belong to the sovereign.
(b) All commodities naturally belong to the sovereign.
(c) People own what they work for.
(d) Nobody owns commodities in a commonwealth.

3. What does Hobbes say people are either born with or develop?
(a) hair and fingernails
(b) personalities and names
(c) appetites and aversions
(d) fingers and toes

4. To what does Hobbes say people attribute that which is unknown?
(a) to ghosts and spirits
(b) to scientific researsh
(c) to God and religion
(d) to imagination

5. What can the commonwealth do to check bad behavior of its citizens?
(a) Increase the quality of education.
(b) Put everyone into servitude.
(c) Provide everything for the subjects.
(d) Put power limits on subjects of the nation.

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

7. What needs to be given to the shy people?
(a) laws to prevent their abuse
(b) an economic bailout package
(c) encouragement to get out and attain what the others have
(d) large amounts of financial aid

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

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

10. In political systems, what are the two avenues of laws?
(a) One is their own written laws, the other is laws of the sovereign.
(b) One is by revolution, and the other is by civil disobedience.
(c) One is by traditions, and the second is by innovation.
(d) One is by a constitution and the other is by police power.

11. Where can a monarch go for advice?
(a) public opinion polls
(b) counsel he has appointed for that purpose
(c) only to God
(d) special elections

12. Why do people want to make a covenant and select sovereigns?
(a) to rid themselves of political uneasiness
(b) to be like the other commonweaths around them
(c) to allow for orderly disagreement
(d) to prevent having to relinquish freedoms

13. How can it be said that each man in a group has a voice?
(a) because their representative shares their same opinions
(b) because they all speak in unison
(c) because they get to speak one by one
(d) because no deaf mute is allowed to participate

14. 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) That is the natural way of doing things.
(c) Too many cooks spoil the broth.
(d) Some think too highly of themselves or blow things out of proportion.

15. What does Hobbes say is needed to protect people from danger?
(a) civil laws
(b) a strong militia
(c) strong churches
(d) a choice of weapons

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a fundamental interest on the part of a counselor?

2. How must a counselor speak?

3. What is an example of Hobbes' unprovable discourse?

4. Why does Hobbes say that people attribute the unknown to ghosts, spirits, or other things that can never exist?

5. Why does Hobbes say that virtue is comparative?

(see the answer keys)

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