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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. When is there nothing illegal or unjust in any action done by anyone?
(a) when there are guidelines
(b) when there is no commonwealth
(c) when no one is looking
(d) when the commonwealth is too spread out

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

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

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

6. How does Hobbes classify discourse that cannot be proven?
(a) attitudes
(b) theorems
(c) opinion
(d) scientific

7. What is the second right of the sovereign?
(a) The sovereign can name all successors.
(b) The sovereign may travel as often as necessary.
(c) The sovereign cannot be forced to go to war.
(d) The sovereign cannot be forfeited.

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

9. What can a man do when speaking to a group?
(a) force others to remain silent
(b) stand behind a podium to protect himself
(c) use oratory tools to persuade and win over the group
(d) read from a prepared speech

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

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

12. What is needed to be able to judge what is just or unjust?
(a) statistics
(b) lawyers
(c) contracts
(d) judges

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

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

15. What seems to be a contradiction in Hobbes' attitude toward protest?
(a) People can legally protest but they can only do it openly.
(b) People cannot protest but they can camgaign for change.
(c) People are legally able to protest a political system, but not against the sovereign.
(d) People can protest but they cannot organize.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Hobbes define liberty?

3. What is a counselor's disadvantage in speaking only to one man?

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

5. Why does Hobbes say that having friends, followers, and servants is the greatest power?

(see the answer keys)

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