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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. Why do God's miracles never go against the sovereign?

2. What does Hobbes say is the purpose of punishment?

3. What does Hobbes mean when he says something must be strange and uncommon so people can believe it is the true work of God?

4. Who are the subjects in the Kingdom of God?

5. Who is it that Hobbes says belong to the Kingdom of God?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hobbes define a prophet?

2. What does Hobbes conclude about the Scriptures?

3. Why does Hobbes insist that the commonwealth comes first?

4. What power does the sovereign have over the church according to Hobbes?

5. How does Hobbes define a church?

6. Briefly describe Hobbes' idea of punishment.

7. From what source does Hobbes insist the idea of demons came?

8. What does Hobbes suggest is the first priority of a sovereign?

9. In what ways does Hobbes say a person can be punished?

10. What does Hobbes have to say about ministers of the ecclesiastical?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper explaining how you think books on political philosophy do or do not benefit society. In the paper, see if you can identify ideas in Hobbes' book that have been used by politicians since his time.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write an essay about Hobbes' obvious preference for a monarchy but lumps all types of sovereignty together in his book. In this essay discuss Hobbes as either a consummate diplomat or a political opportunist. This is not verifiable historically and will be your opinion only after reading his book.

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