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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is Hobbes' idea about self-protection in natural law?
(a) With people it is not necessary.
(b) In nature, every person has the right to protect his own life.
(c) Humans have a right to preemptive strikes.
(d) It is not natural to protect oneself, it should be done by the commonwealth.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What example does Hobbes give to support his idea that just banding together is not enough for protection?

2. When a multitude becomes one group, what must they select?

3. What does Hobbes define as moral virtues?

4. What kind of idea does Hobbes classify as good wit?

5. What two factors does Hobbes believe control mental discourse?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the two ways Hobbes says a commonwealth is created?

2. How does Hobbes extol the idea of the commonwealth?

3. Relate Hobbes' examples of a contract or a covenant.

4. What does Hobbes say about justice, gratitude, modesty, equity, and mercy?

5. How does Hobbes identify skepticism in regards to belief?

6. Why does Hobbes insist that the people cannot protest against a sovereign?

7. What does Hobbes say about rights in the natural world?

8. In any political situation, what does Hobbes identify as a basic right?

9. Describe briefly Hobbes' contract of a commonwealth.

10. Why does Hobbes say men will give up some of their freedoms?

(see the answer keys)

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