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 John Stuart Mill show about the real challenge regarding one's views?

2. What is the work done by these two friends?

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

4. Who is John Stuart's father?

5. For how long was this woman his close companion?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. With what does the book begin? Why?

3. What was exposed by this aspect of the Middle Ages education system?

4. What does the author discuss regarding controlling people?

5. How is this author considered a philosopher?

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

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

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

9. What is the story of Copernicus?

10. What is thought of Copernicus' knowledge now?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Various social policies work to make the best of the citizenry.

Part 1) What social policies does the author discuss? Why does he discuss these?

Part 2) What social policies exist in our culture to make the best of U.S. citizenry? Are more policies needed? Why or why not?

Part 3) How might social policies differ from one country to the next? What is the connection between these differences and diversity of situations? What would Mill think about this? Use the text to support your response.

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