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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. To be sure one has found reason, what is necessary?

2. How does Hobbes suggest that people reason?

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

4. Why do people want to make a covenant and select sovereigns?

5. How does Hobbes classify the person or group of people who have someone speak for them?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Hobbes' definition of author?

2. What does Hobbes believe about judicial interpretation?

3. How does Hobbes describe a despotic dominion?

4. How does Hobbes define justice?

5. What are the two ways Hobbes says a commonwealth is created?

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

7. How does Hobbes say that a group may be classified as an author?

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

9. How does Hobbes define the origins of religion?

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

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

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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