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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 call a third law of nature?

2. What is the sovereign power, whether it is an individual or an assembly?

3. How does Hobbes describe his compound imagination?

4. Where does Hobbes insist people go when they disagree?

5. To be sure one has found reason, what is necessary?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Hobbes define justice?

4. What does Hobbes believe about judicial interpretation?

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Hobbes define the origins of religion?

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 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

For the serious student, write a paper comparing Hobbes' LEVIATHAN to Machiavelli's THE PRINCE. There are similarities in both men's position with the nobility as well as some of the strictness of their ideas.

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