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 does Mill directly confront regarding this issue?

2. Who is John Stuart's brother?

3. What does John Stuart Mill show about the real challenge regarding one's views?

4. Who is John Stuart's father?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author mean by liberty?

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

3. With what does the book begin? Why?

4. What does John Stuart Mill say about the education system in Great Britain in the 1800s? How can one relate to this today?

5. What does the author discuss regarding controlling people?

6. What does the author say about tyranny?

7. Describe Mill's education.

8. What does Mill say about the beliefs that one opposes?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Education in both the Middle Ages and nineteenth century England are discussed.

Part 1) What does the author say about these two education systems? Compare these two forms of education. Why does he use these two as examples?

Part 2) How do these two education systems compare to your own? Do you study opposing ideas? Do you try to understand the points of view of others?

Part 3) How has the U.S. educational system changed in the past one hundred years? How would Mill feel about these changes? Why would he feel this way?

Essay Topic 2

The tone of the book is very consistent.

Part 1) How do you know the tone of the book is consistent?

Part 2) How important is consistency, especially in a book such as this?

Part 3) How does this consistency affect and influence the reader? How might consistency also make it difficult for a reader to discern what is the truth?

Essay Topic 3

When the author refers to liberty, he means societal liberty.

Part 1) What is meant by societal liberty? Why is this important to Mill?

Part 2) What are his opinions on societal liberty? How have the opinions come about?

Part 3) How does he question his own and others' beliefs about liberty? Why does he study liberty and its affects on individuals and society?

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