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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 are some of his voluntary motions?

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

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

4. What does Hobbes say about controlling thoughts?

5. What is Hobbes' idea about self-protection in natural law?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hobbes have to say about the desire for absolute power?

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

3. What are the three sovereignties Hobbes defines?

4. What is Hobbes' position on crime and personal survival?

5. Describe briefly Hobbes' contract of a commonwealth.

6. What does Hobbes say about having an aversion to something people know nothing about?

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

8. What is one advantage Hobbes sees in a monarchy?

9. How does Hobbes differentiate between command and counsel?

10. Why does Hobbes insist that the commonwealth comes first?

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 on education. People are to this day accusing universities of poisoning the minds of our young people. Explain why you think so many people fear higher education, philosophy, and modern science.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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