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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 is Hobbes' idea about self-protection in natural law?

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

3. What do counsels for the aristocracy generally do?

4. What does Hobbes say people are either born with or develop?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hobbes define the origins of religion?

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

3. What is Hobbes' view of money?

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

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

6. How does Hobbes differentiate between command and counsel?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Bible, the leviathan was generally spoken of as some kind of fearsome creature. Write a paper stating your opinion of Hobbes' idea of the leviathan and whether the resulting creature (his commonwealth) was somehow frightening.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on whether you agree with Hobbes that the power of the sovereign cannot be challenged. Think in terms of sovereign powers today and what they are like when the right of challenge is removed from the people.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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