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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 was Hobbes' great objection to Aristotle's view of law?

2. What does Hobbes call an evil inflicted on a person who has usurped or forged his or her power?

3. What does Hobbes say is granted to Christians who are good citizens of their commonwealth?

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

5. What does Hobbes state about knowing the laws of a commonwealth?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hobbes attack the Roman Catholic Church as well as Greek philosophers?

2. Who does Hobbes identify as belonging to the Kingdom of God?

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

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

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

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

7. What does Hobbes call a spirit?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Look up information about the civil war in England during Hobbes' lifetime and write a summary of the conflict to explain Hobbes' references to the war. This information can be used to explain why Hobbes wrote the book and from where many of his ideas sprang.

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