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 altered who could be citizens and who hoped to be, or to become so?

2. What does Mill directly confront regarding this issue?

3. What was part of the work of these two friends?

4. During the Middle Ages, on what had logical premises been founded?

5. What would the author prefer people to do, regarding opposing views?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is thought of Copernicus' knowledge now?

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

3. What does the author say about tyranny?

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

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

6. How is tyranny a threat to democracy?

7. About what do Mill and his wife write?

8. How does John Stuart Mill begin this chapter?

9. What is the story of Copernicus?

10. With what does the book begin? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Copernicus' knowledge of the Solar system is discussed.

Part 1) Describe the story of Copernicus. Why does the author use this as an example to prove the importance of freedom of speech?

Part 2) If Copernicus had been wrong, should he still have been allowed to express his beliefs?

Part 3) What might cause someone to persecute and stifle those with whom they disagree? how does this hurt everyone involved?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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