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. What is another topic these two cover?

2. Is one's opinion powerful?

3. Where did John Stuart's father loom large in relevance during John Stuart's earliest years?

4. What aspects did these two study?

5. With regard to personal behavior, what does Mill espouse?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author discuss regarding controlling people?

2. What does the author mean by liberty?

3. Describe Mill and his wife's relationship.

4. What is said about Aristotle regarding tyranny in this chapter?

5. What does Mill believe about freedoms of speech?

6. How does John Stuart Mill begin this chapter?

7. Describe Mill's education.

8. Why is it rare that one has complete freedom as long as one does not oppress or oppose the will of others?

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

10. With what does the book begin? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Democracy brings with it the danger of tyranny.

Part 1) What is tyranny? What does Mill mean by tyranny? Why does democracy bring with it the danger of tyranny?

Part 2) Is this danger worse than with a monarchy or dictatorship? Why or why not?

Part 3) Does he propose how to deal with this danger? What are your thoughts on how a democracy can avoid tyranny? Use the text to support your response.

Essay Topic 2

The ability to express one's opinions is powerful.

Part 1) Why is the ability to express one's opinion powerful?

Part 2) How has the author backed this claim with previous discussions and evidence?

Part 3) How is the ability to express one's opinion important to you? How has this freedom affected your life directly?

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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