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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 must this clash of opposition do to be good?

2. What does Mill directly confront regarding this issue?

3. Who has been exclusively and specifically an intellectual and emotional companion of J.S. Mill's?

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

5. What took place centuries later, regarding Copernicus' knowledge?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author discuss regarding controlling people?

2. What does John Stuart Mill say about his wife? Why?

3. What does Mill say about the beliefs that one opposes?

4. About what do Mill and his wife write?

5. What does the author say about tyranny?

6. With what does the book begin? Why?

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

8. How is tyranny a threat to democracy?

9. What does the author mean by liberty?

10. What does Mill explain about Europeans and their sense of unity?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Education in both the Middle Ages and nineteenth century England are discussed.

Part 1) What does the author say about these two education systems? Compare these two forms of education. Why does he use these two as examples?

Part 2) How do these two education systems compare to your own? Do you study opposing ideas? Do you try to understand the points of view of others?

Part 3) How has the U.S. educational system changed in the past one hundred years? How would Mill feel about these changes? Why would he feel this way?

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

Diversity of situations is important to Mill.

Part 1) What is meant by diversity of situations?

Part 2) Why is diversity in this sense important, according to Mill? Do you agree with Mill?Why or why not?

Part 3) How can a society or state keep this type of diversity? Compare the diversity of situations in Mill's time to today. Based on this text, what would he say about our diversity of situations?

Part 4) Do you feel that a lack of diversity of situations is a problem in our society today? Why or why not?

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