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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Hobbes identify political systems?

2. When is there nothing illegal or unjust in any action done by anyone?

3. What does Hobbes identify as three basic human fears?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way does Hobbes warn against errors in logic or speech?

2. Why does Hobbes say that people fear other people?

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

4. Give Hobbes' idea about how much a country needs individuals.

5. How does Hobbes say people reason?

6. What does Hobbes say about having an aversion to something people know nothing about?

7. How does Hobbes illustrate what he calls compound imagination?

8. What does Hobbes believe about judicial interpretation?

9. What is Hobbes' definition of author?

10. Briefly, what does Hobbes have to say about lawful and unlawful systems?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Obliquely in the book, Hobbes seems to be defending the English monarchy. Write a paper pointing out how the religious part of the book might also have been a defense of the Church of England. Describing some of the facts about the origins of the Church of England, how do the part of the book attacking the Catholic church fit into that picture?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on Hobbes' idea that everything actually belongs to the sovereign of a commonwealth. Does your house and all your possessions belong to the government? Write your paper as an argument for or against that idea.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the absence of law in nature as supposed by Hobbes. Explain if you think man is basically evil and can only be controlled by fear. If that is the case, how would you explain people getting together to form a commonwealth.

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