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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Who does Hobbes insist is of the greatest value to a commonwealth?
(a) the teacher
(b) the sovreign
(c) the minister
(d) the banker

5. What example does Hobbes give to support his idea that just banding together is not enough for protection?
(a) A hundred rabbits can scare a hunter.
(b) Twenty sheep cannot fight off a pack of wolves.
(c) Two families joined are not powerful enough to combat three families.
(d) A flock of birds cannot defeat the cat.

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

7. When many people first get together, what are they called?
(a) A multitude
(b) A gaggle
(c) A hodge podge
(d) A mob

8. 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

9. Why does Hobbes say it is natural for the mother to have dominion over children?
(a) They have dominion over nothing else.
(b) They are naturals at discipline.
(c) They need children in case the husband dies.
(d) It is not always known who the father is.

10. Why does Hobbes say that people are always seeking more power, wealth, or popularity?
(a) People believe in the supernatural.
(b) People are like animals.
(c) People can think.
(d) People are restless.

11. What does Hobbes say ends a discourse?
(a) A person runs out of anything to say.
(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 speaks a different language.

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

13. What does Hobbes call the intention to do wrong or harm another?
(a) a bad idea
(b) absence of forethought
(c) nothing illegal
(d) injustice before the action is carried out

14. What type of book is LEVIATHAN?
(a) A book of political philosophy
(b) A book about comparative religion
(c) A book about large fish
(d) A science fiction book

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does Hobbes say people attribute that which is unknown?

2. What is Hobbes' idea about ownership of commodities in a commonwealth?

3. Why does Hobbes insist that the commonwealth is born out of human politics?

4. How does Hobbes say a commonwealth is taken by acquisition?

5. What does Hobbes say is needed to protect people from danger?

(see the answer keys)

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