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. For what did Mill's education prepare him well?

2. Was Mill an advocate for the women's rights movement?

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

4. Both law and public opinion have a tendency to do what?

5. By exposing opinions, what chance are people given?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does John Stuart Mill begin this chapter?

5. What is the story of Copernicus?

6. Describe Mill's education.

7. Why must one be careful when discussing an issue or disagreeing over one's opinion?

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

9. What is known about John Stuart Mill's father and brother?

10. With what does the book begin? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Mill discusses the matter of Free Trade.

Part 1) What is meant by free trade? Why does he discuss this?

Part 2) What does the author have to say about free trade? Is this an adequate discussion? Why or why not?

Part 3) How does free trade work in our society? Is what Mill says in this book relevant and realistic in our society? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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