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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 say a person is doing when he stops defending himself?

2. What are some of his voluntary motions?

3. Why does Hobbes say that virtue is comparative?

4. How does Hobbes classify a person who speaks for himself?

5. Which two forms of government need not worry about succession?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Hobbes define the origins of religion?

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

7. Describe briefly Hobbes' contract of a commonwealth.

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

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

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

Write a paper speculating what Hobbes would have to say about popular science fictions today. Explain the things he would find objectionable and give examples of books, movies, or video games in your paper. For extra enjoyment, you might want to write the paper in the form of a dialogue.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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