On Liberty Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. During the Middle Ages, on what had logical premises been founded?

2. For how long was this woman his close companion?

3. What aspects did these two study?

4. How was John Stuart's father able to support him and his work?

5. What is another major benefit of giving freedom and safety to voice individual opinions within society?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is known about John Stuart Mill's father and brother?

2. What role does John Stuart Mill play in the women's movement?

3. What does the author say about tyranny?

4. What does Mill believe about freedoms of speech?

5. About what do Mill and his wife write?

6. What is thought of Copernicus' knowledge now?

7. How do Mill's thoughts about liberty pertain to women?

8. Describe Mill and his wife's relationship.

9. How does John Stuart Mill begin this chapter?

10. What does John Stuart Mill say about the education system in Great Britain in the 1800s? How can one relate to this today?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author is interested in figuring out how the principles of this book can be applied.

Part 1) What principles does the author discuss in this book? Why does the author desire to see how they can be applied?

Part 2) How does the author go about testing these principles in society? How successful might these principles be in real life situations? Why?

Part 3) Have these principles been applied to our society? Explain.

Part 4) How important is it to test theories? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Mill believes the mental capabilities and other attributes of the members of society need to be nurtured.

Part 1) Why does he believe they need to be nurtured?

Part 2) Do you find this to be important? Why or why not?

Part 3) How have your mental capabilities and other attributes been nurtured by society and the state? How has this nurturing affected your personality, interests, and relationships with others? Has your nurturing been important? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Freedom of speech can enhance life for everyone.

Part 1) Why does Mill believe freedom of speech can enhance life?

Part 2) Compare a culture, such as our own, with one that does not allow for such freedoms of speech. How does your comparison support Mill's belief about the power of the freedom of speech?

Part 3) how have you used your freedom of speech? What might your life be like without this freedom?

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