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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 accept when peace is impossible?

2. Why must people create a covenant or agreement to give power to one person, or small group of people?

3. How may a commonwealth be formed?

4. What happens in an assembly that cannot happen with a monarch?

5. What does Hobbes say ends a discourse?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe briefly Hobbes' contract of a commonwealth.

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

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

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

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

6. How does Hobbes say people reason?

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

8. What are the three sovereignties Hobbes defines?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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