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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 does Hobbes define punishment?

2. What does Hobbes call an assembly of people who gather together to hear a priest or pastor speak to them about the word of God?

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

4. What did the Israelites eventually want to do with their sovereignty?

5. What does Hobbes say only God knows?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Hobbes' opinion of philosophy?

2. What does Hobbes have to say about the desire for absolute power?

3. What complication does Hobbes see in obeying the sovereign and God at the same time?

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

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

6. What is Hobbes' position on crime and personal survival?

7. What is a leader supposed to do in addition to establishing punishments?

8. What is Hobbes' definition of the Kingdom of Darkness?

9. What warning does Hobbes give about prophets?

10. What does Hobbes say happens to one who does not believe in God?

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

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 your opinion about the religious content of LEVIATHAN. Tell in detail whether you found those parts of the book something you agree with, find objectionable, or simply boring. Cite passages from the book to illustrate your points.

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