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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 is the purpose of punishment?

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

3. Why must a sovereign publish and instruct people about his laws?

4. Unless an ecclesiastical is also a king, what can he not do?

5. How does it become difficult to be obedient to both God and sovereign?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Hobbes have to say about sin and crime?

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

4. What does Hobbes have to say about angels?

5. What is Hobbes' position on religious statues and icons?

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

7. What is Hobbes' idea about honoring God?

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

9. What, according to Hobbes, is the one thing that must be believed?

10. Briefly describe Hobbes' idea of punishment.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the absence of law in nature as supposed by Hobbes. Explain if you think man is basically evil and can only be controlled by fear. If that is the case, how would you explain people getting together to form a commonwealth.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on Hobbes' idea that everything actually belongs to the sovereign of a commonwealth. Does your house and all your possessions belong to the government? Write your paper as an argument for or against that idea.

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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