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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 say a person is doing when he stops defending himself?

2. What does the commonwealth need to successfully control the society?

3. How does Hobbes identify political systems?

4. How does Hobbes define injustice of an action?

5. Why does Hobbes say that people attribute the unknown to ghosts, spirits, or other things that can never exist?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe briefly Hobbes' contract of a commonwealth.

7. How does Hobbes define justice?

8. How does Hobbes differentiate between command and counsel?

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

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

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 a paper on the effectiveness of punishments to control a commonwealth. How has that been carried to unreasonable extreme by such regimes as Saddam Hussein in Iraq? What, in your opinion, are the most effective punishments?

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