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. How was J.S. Mill educated?

2. Amongst the British, ________ were one of the categories of members of society who were actively seeking increased rights, responsibilities and liberties within the nations of the Empire, particularly on the isles of Britain herself.

3. Why does the author go on to put this liberty into historical context?

4. In what did Mill sincerely believe regarding women?

5. Who did Bentham rely upon for support in ideas?

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. How is tyranny a threat to democracy?

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

4. Describe Mill and his wife's relationship.

5. How is this author considered a philosopher?

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

7. Describe Mill's education.

8. What does Mill believe about freedoms of speech?

9. What is one goal of the education system in the Middle Ages?

10. What does the author discuss regarding controlling people?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author is interested in figuring out how the principles of this book can be applied.

Part 1) What principles does the author discuss in this book? Why does the author desire to see how they can be applied?

Part 2) How does the author go about testing these principles in society? How successful might these principles be in real life situations? Why?

Part 3) Have these principles been applied to our society? Explain.

Part 4) How important is it to test theories? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Wilhelm Von Humboldt was a nineteenth century German philosopher.

Part 1) Why is Humboldt included in this book? What does he have to say about liberty?

Part 2) Compare Humboldt's beliefs to Mill's. How are these valid opinions? Does Humboldt adequately back his own claims? Explain.

Part 3) Do you agree with Humboldt? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

This book is relevant today.

Part 1) What four points in this book do you feel are the most relevant? Why?

Part 2) This book is relevant in our society, but is it relevant in all societies? Why or why not?

Part 3) What would JS Mill think about the relevancy of this throughout the world? Would he expect it to impact all people? Why or why not?

Part 4) How is this book relevant to you, specifically? How might this book change your view of life and liberty?

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