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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 ends a discourse?

2. When many people first get together, what are they called?

3. What does Hobbes accept when peace is impossible?

4. What can a man do when speaking to a group?

5. When does Hobbes suggest it is not logical to follow the Golden Rule?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the two ways Hobbes says a commonwealth is created?

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

3. How does Hobbes say people reason?

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

5. What is Hobbes' definition of author?

6. How does Hobbes define justice?

7. How does Hobbes extol the idea of the commonwealth?

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

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

10. How does Hobbes differentiate between command and counsel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper giving your opinion about the place of religion in any society. Discuss your opinion of state sponsored religion as opposed to a system that tolerates all religions.

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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