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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who did Bentham rely upon for support in ideas?
(a) James Mill.
(b) Justin Mill.
(c) John Stuart Mill.
(d) Joshua Mill.

2. What does the author makes clear when he refers to liberty?
(a) He means religious liberty.
(b) He means personal liberty.
(c) He means governmental liberty.
(d) He means societal liberty.

3. What did Mary publish?
(a) A Vindication of the Rights of the Black Man.
(b) A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
(c) A Vindication of the Rights of the Homosexual.
(d) A Vindication of the Rights of the Unborn.

4. Mill believes that freedom of speech as a means of clear expression of opinion has the possibility of doing what?
(a) Causing problems.
(b) Advancing humanity through the discovery and use of the truth.
(c) Forcing individuals to listen to each other.
(d) Introducing many false beliefs to the general public.

5. How is John Stuart Mill viewed?
(a) As having been the most prominent of all English-speaking thinkers of any time.
(b) As having been the most prominent English-speaking thinker in the 19th century.
(c) As having been a fairly prominent philosopher at his time.
(d) As having been a crazy man full of crazy ideas.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author say happens in most cultures regarding private behavior?

2. Was Mill an advocate for the women's rights movement?

3. Who is John Stuart's father?

4. Who is Mill's ancient predecessor?

5. Can an opinion be vulnerable to attack once exposed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is one strength of which the readers of this book must be aware?

2. What example does he give to support his ideas about what is under attack?

3. What is thought of Copernicus' knowledge now?

4. How does the author describe persecution? What causes persecution?

5. How can one learn by expressing one's opinion?

6. Why does the author put the idea of liberty into historical context? Does he confine his criticism to Great Britain?

7. With what question does the author begin this chapter?

8. Why must one be careful when discussing an issue or disagreeing over one's opinion?

9. Describe Mill's education.

10. What does the author say about taking days off from work?

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