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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. In this chapter Mill examines what?

2. Is one's opinion powerful?

3. What would be a significant social project?

4. What does the author say happens in most cultures regarding private behavior?

5. Was Mill's attempt the first?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the author put the idea of liberty into historical context? Does he confine his criticism to Great Britain?

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

3. How can one learn by expressing one's opinion?

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

5. How does John Stuart Mill begin this chapter?

6. What does the author mean by liberty?

7. How is tyranny a threat to democracy?

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

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

10. Describe Mill's education.

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 author is interested in figuring out how the principles of this book can be applied.

Part 1) What principles does the author discuss in this book? Why does the author desire to see how they can be applied?

Part 2) How does the author go about testing these principles in society? How successful might these principles be in real life situations? Why?

Part 3) Have these principles been applied to our society? Explain.

Part 4) How important is it to test theories? Why?

Essay Topic 3

The ability to express one's opinions is powerful.

Part 1) Why is the ability to express one's opinion powerful?

Part 2) How has the author backed this claim with previous discussions and evidence?

Part 3) How is the ability to express one's opinion important to you? How has this freedom affected your life directly?

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