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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. Who is John Stuart's father?

2. Mill believes that freedom of speech as a means of clear expression of opinion has the possibility of doing what?

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

4. About what does Copernicus know?

5. He asserts his own view that even if only one individual on the entire face of the Earth holds a particular opinion that he or she can do what?

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 does the author discuss regarding controlling people?

3. What does Mill believe about freedoms of speech?

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

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

6. What is thought of Copernicus' knowledge now?

7. What is the story of Copernicus?

8. What does the author mean by liberty?

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

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

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

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

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.

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