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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 begin to set forth?

2. Mill believes that freedom of speech as a means of clear expression of opinion has the possibility of doing what?

3. How is John Stuart Mill viewed?

4. Why is their friendship less unusual today?

5. Where did John Stuart's father loom large in relevance during John Stuart's earliest years?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. With what does the book begin? Why?

3. What is the story of Copernicus?

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

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

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

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

8. What does the author say about tyranny?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

John Stuart Mill and his wife wrote this book.

Part 1) What is unusual about this? What does this reveal about J.S. Mill?

Part 2) What does this reveal about Mill's wife?

Part 3) How might John's relationship with his wife influence his advocacy of women's rights, or vice versa?

Essay Topic 2

Mill believes the mental capabilities and other attributes of the members of society need to be nurtured.

Part 1) Why does he believe they need to be nurtured?

Part 2) Do you find this to be important? Why or why not?

Part 3) How have your mental capabilities and other attributes been nurtured by society and the state? How has this nurturing affected your personality, interests, and relationships with others? Has your nurturing been important? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Mill has a strong opinion regarding personal behavior.

Part 1) Describe Mill's opinion of how one should act. Why does he have such a strong opinion about this?

Part 2) What is the connection between the way Mill believes one should behave and tyranny?

Part 3) Do you agree with Mill's opinion of proper behavior? Why or why not?

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