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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, left uncontrolled, does Hobbes say can lead to misery and unhappiness?

2. Why does Hobbes say that virtue is comparative?

3. What is an example of Hobbes' unprovable discourse?

4. How does Hobbes define a monarchy?

5. Why does Hobbes contend that no sovereign can do wrong to anyone under his authority?

Short Essay Questions

1. From what source does Hobbes insist the idea of demons came?

2. How does Hobbes define a prophet?

3. What does Hobbes suggest is the first priority of a sovereign?

4. What does Hobbes conclude about the Scriptures?

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

6. What is a main mistake Hobbes says religious people make?

7. How does Hobbes say that a group may be classified as an author?

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

9. What does Hobbes believe about judicial interpretation?

10. How does Hobbes attack the Roman Catholic Church as well as Greek philosophers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper explaining how you think books on political philosophy do or do not benefit society. In the paper, see if you can identify ideas in Hobbes' book that have been used by politicians since his time.

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

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.

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