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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the punishment of exile?

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

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

4. What practices of the Roman Church does Hobbes take exception to?

5. What beliefs of the Roman Catholic church does Hobbes add to his list of objections?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write a critique of LEVIATHAN. In this paper give a brief synopsis, the parts you found most interesting, and the parts (if any) you found objectionable. Conclude with your recommendation on whether it is a good read for those who are interested in political philosophy.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In Hobbes' political philosophy, the only valid reason for taking up arms against a sovereign is for self protection. Write your paper based on Hitler's taking over Germany and the plight of the Jews and other minorities his persecuted. Hobbes' theory is that the people thus under such a sovereign are constrained to obey the laws of the sovereign first.

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