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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

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

4. Why does Hobbes say that virtue is comparative?
(a) If all things were equal, this would be heaven.
(b) If all things were equal in all men, nothing would be prized.
(c) If virtue is equal then there is no evil.
(d) If there are no comparisons there are no problems.

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

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

7. How does Hobbes suggest that people reason?
(a) By counting on fingers and toes
(b) By adding or subtracting two thoughts
(c) By first getting burned
(d) By mathematical equations

8. What two systems does Hobbes define within a commonwealth?
(a) democrat and republican
(b) open and closed
(c) private and political
(d) tyranny and ordinary

9. What does Hobbes say a person is doing when he stops defending himself?
(a) depending on the commonwealth
(b) doing the right thing
(c) practicing the Golden Rule
(d) surrendering his life and his possessions

10. What happens in an assembly that cannot happen with a monarch?
(a) An assembly wears whatever clothes they want.
(b) An assembly never has to come to a conclusion.
(c) A monarch has to listen to the nobles.
(d) A monarch cannot disagree with himself.

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

12. What is a fundamental interest on the part of a counselor?
(a) to get his own way
(b) for the good of those that he counsels
(c) to deceive the people
(d) to hide his motives

13. Which two forms of government need not worry about succession?
(a) neither a communist nor an empire
(b) neither a monarchy nor an anarchy
(c) neither a democracy nor an aristocracy
(d) neither a republic nor a dictatorship

14. How does Hobbes define injustice of an action?
(a) a lawsuit
(b) injury
(c) accidents
(d) premeditation

15. How does Hobbes define liberty?
(a) the first basic need
(b) the right to vote
(c) the absence of opposition
(d) time off from work

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the sovereign power, whether it is an individual or an assembly?

2. Why does law need interpretation?

3. How does Hobbes classify a person who speaks for himself?

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

5. What does Hobbes define as moral virtues?

(see the answer keys)

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