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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 the author say happens in most cultures regarding private behavior?

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

3. His knowledge could easily have been mistaken for what?

4. Is the author considered a philosopher?

5. What does the author think of destructive attacks against an opinion?

Short Essay Questions

1. How might the ideas and methods of Humboldt, Mill, and Taylor be useful?

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

3. What does Mill believe is under attack?

4. What does the author say about taking days off from work?

5. What are two of the most significant questions regarding one's conduct?

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

7. How is this author considered a philosopher?

8. What does John Stuart Mill say about the education system in Great Britain in the 1800s? How can one relate to this today?

9. What example does he give to support his ideas about what is under attack?

10. Who is Wilhelm Von Humboldt?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Wilhelm Von Humboldt was a nineteenth century German philosopher.

Part 1) Why is Humboldt included in this book? What does he have to say about liberty?

Part 2) Compare Humboldt's beliefs to Mill's. How are these valid opinions? Does Humboldt adequately back his own claims? Explain.

Part 3) Do you agree with Humboldt? Why or why not?

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