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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. How can it be said that each man in a group has a voice?

2. What does Hobbes call reasoning with oneself?

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

4. What is needed to be able to judge what is just or unjust?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Hobbes' view of money?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Hobbes extol the idea of the commonwealth?

10. What does Hobbes say about rights in the natural world?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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