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

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

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

4. What does Hobbes say is needed to protect people from danger?

5. How does Hobbes classify discourse that cannot be proven?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Hobbes differentiate between command and counsel?

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

5. What are the three sovereignties Hobbes defines?

6. What does Hobbes believe about judicial interpretation?

7. How does Hobbes define justice?

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

9. What is Hobbes' view of money?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 how the political condition of the times may have influenced Hobbes' thinking. You may need to do a bit of research into the times and how Hobbes, once in great favor with the nobility, had fallen out of their favor.

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