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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. How has Britain's location as a pair of islands influenced the way that Britain relates to whom?

2. What does John Stuart Mill show about the real challenge regarding one's views?

3. Of what is there a tendency in 1800s England, regarding education?

4. The Europeans want an increase in rights for whom?

5. What aspects did these two study?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What movements are taking place during Mill's time in Great Britain and Europe?

3. What has been the reaction to people who have trouble finding their proper place and balance within society?

4. To what does this analysis lead?

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

6. How does the author pursue an investigation to attempt to find an answer to his first question?

7. Describe Mill and his wife's relationship.

8. What does the author mean by liberty?

9. What does the author say about finding one's proper place and balance within society?

10. How would Aristotle have worded this previous statement about nurturing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Various social policies work to make the best of the citizenry.

Part 1) What social policies does the author discuss? Why does he discuss these?

Part 2) What social policies exist in our culture to make the best of U.S. citizenry? Are more policies needed? Why or why not?

Part 3) How might social policies differ from one country to the next? What is the connection between these differences and diversity of situations? What would Mill think about this? Use the text to support your response.

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

John Stuart Mill and his wife wrote this book.

Part 1) What is unusual about this? What does this reveal about J.S. Mill?

Part 2) What does this reveal about Mill's wife?

Part 3) How might John's relationship with his wife influence his advocacy of women's rights, or vice versa?

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