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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 happens in an assembly that cannot happen with a monarch?

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

3. What example does Hobbes give to support his idea that just banding together is not enough for protection?

4. Why must people create a covenant or agreement to give power to one person, or small group of people?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hobbes define justice?

2. What is Hobbes' definition of author?

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

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

5. How does Hobbes define the origins of religion?

6. Describe briefly Hobbes' contract of a commonwealth.

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

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

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

10. How does Hobbes describe a despotic dominion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper describing what you think the ideal commonwealth would be like. In the paper, discuss how peace in the community would be maintained and how the commonwealth would be protected. Also mention your idea of the rights the citizens would enjoy.

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper speculating what Hobbes would have to say about popular science fictions today. Explain the things he would find objectionable and give examples of books, movies, or video games in your paper. For extra enjoyment, you might want to write the paper in the form of a dialogue.

Essay Topic 3

Write a critique of LEVIATHAN. In this paper give a brief synopsis, the parts you found most interesting, and the parts (if any) you found objectionable. Conclude with your recommendation on whether it is a good read for those who are interested in political philosophy.

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