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 was initially thought to be John Stuart Mill's career?

2. Why does humanity know the truth about the Solar System?

3. What can sharing views do, according to the author?

4. Why is their friendship less unusual today?

5. What does Mill address and also take a step further?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Mill's education.

3. How can one learn by expressing one's opinion?

4. Describe Mill and his wife's relationship.

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

6. What had Mary Wollstonecraft done for the women's movement?

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

8. What does John Stuart Mill's success in helping British women get the right to vote reveal about him?

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

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

Mill has a strong opinion regarding personal behavior.

Part 1) Describe Mill's opinion of how one should act. Why does he have such a strong opinion about this?

Part 2) What is the connection between the way Mill believes one should behave and tyranny?

Part 3) Do you agree with Mill's opinion of proper behavior? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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