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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 was part of the work of these two friends?

3. What is one topic these friends covered?

4. With regard to personal behavior, what does Mill espouse?

5. He asserts his own view that even if only one individual on the entire face of the Earth holds a particular opinion that he or she can do what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. With what does the book begin? Why?

4. What does the author say about tyranny?

5. Describe Mill and his wife's relationship.

6. What is the story of Copernicus?

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

8. What does the author discuss regarding controlling people?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Freedom of speech can enhance life for everyone.

Part 1) Why does Mill believe freedom of speech can enhance life?

Part 2) Compare a culture, such as our own, with one that does not allow for such freedoms of speech. How does your comparison support Mill's belief about the power of the freedom of speech?

Part 3) how have you used your freedom of speech? What might your life be like without this freedom?

Essay Topic 3

Mill discusses the matter of persecution in general as a reaction of people to others.

Part 1) According to Mill, what is persecution? Is this an adequate definition? Why or why not?

Part 2) How does one begin to persecute another? Why do people persecute others? What causes this desire to persecute? How can it be stopped?

Part 3) When does control in society to keep order turn into persecution? Where can this line be drawn?

Part 4) Does persecution exist in our society today? If so, why? How? If not, why not?

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