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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 what was Mill's education very strong?

2. What was limiting Copernicus' sharing of his knowledge?

3. Was Mill's attempt the first?

4. What took place centuries later, regarding Copernicus' knowledge?

5. In what subjects was his education clearly weak?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does John Stuart Mill begin this chapter?

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

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

4. What does Mill believe about freedoms of speech?

5. Describe Mill's education.

6. About what do Mill and his wife write?

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

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

9. What does the author mean by liberty?

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

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

Mill discusses the amount of sovereignty an individual has over him or herself.

Part 1) What is sovereignty? What does Mill question, regarding one's sovereignty?

Part 2) How does Mill study and consider the amount of sovereignty one has over him/herself? To what, if any, conclusion does he come?

Part 3) How much sovereignty do you have? How do you feel about this? Would you like more or less? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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