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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 reasoning with oneself?

2. How may a commonwealth be formed?

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

4. How does Hobbes define a pact or covenant?

5. How does Hobbes describe his compound imagination?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hobbes define the origins of religion?

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

3. How does Hobbes illustrate what he calls compound imagination?

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

5. How does Hobbes say competition comes into human relations?

6. What is Hobbes' definition of author?

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

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

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

10. What are the three sovereignties Hobbes defines?

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

In Hobbes' political philosophy, the only valid reason for taking up arms against a sovereign is for self protection. Write your paper based on Hitler's taking over Germany and the plight of the Jews and other minorities his persecuted. Hobbes' theory is that the people thus under such a sovereign are constrained to obey the laws of the sovereign first.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on whether you agree with Hobbes that the power of the sovereign cannot be challenged. Think in terms of sovereign powers today and what they are like when the right of challenge is removed from the people.

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