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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. What does Hobbes call the blood flow of a commonwealth?

2. What is Hobbes' position on mothers and their children?

3. What kinds of questions does Hobbes say people have little interest in?

4. How does Hobbes identify political systems?

5. What does Hobbes define as moral virtues?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Hobbes' definition of author?

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

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

4. How does Hobbes differentiate between command and counsel?

5. What is one advantage Hobbes sees in a monarchy?

6. What is Hobbes idea of people being created equal?

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

8. Describe briefly Hobbes' contract of a commonwealth.

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

10. How does Hobbes say a person can increase intellectual virtue?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper on education. People are to this day accusing universities of poisoning the minds of our young people. Explain why you think so many people fear higher education, philosophy, and modern science.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about Hobbes' obvious preference for a monarchy but lumps all types of sovereignty together in his book. In this essay discuss Hobbes as either a consummate diplomat or a political opportunist. This is not verifiable historically and will be your opinion only after reading his book.

Essay Topic 3

In Hobbes' political philosophy, the only valid reason for taking up arms against a sovereign is for self protection. Write your paper based on Hitler's taking over Germany and the plight of the Jews and other minorities his persecuted. Hobbes' theory is that the people thus under such a sovereign are constrained to obey the laws of the sovereign first.

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