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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. In addition to the Spirit of God, what other ethereal beings does Hobbes mention?

2. What does Hobbes say is God's right to establish His laws?

3. What does Hobbes say is a problem people have of understanding the Kingdom of Darkness?

4. Who does Hobbes identify as the Supreme Prophet?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Briefly describe Hobbes' idea of punishment.

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

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

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

10. What does Hobbes say about popularity?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Write a paper on the effectiveness of punishments to control a commonwealth. How has that been carried to unreasonable extreme by such regimes as Saddam Hussein in Iraq? What, in your opinion, are the most effective punishments?

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