On Liberty Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 believe leads to progress?

2. What is one topic these friends covered?

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

4. What does Mill directly confront regarding this issue?

5. For millions, if knowledge of the solar system were not proliferated and supporting information both provided and explained would the majority conclude from direct personal experience that the planets travel around the Sun?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the author mean by liberty?

4. How is this author considered a philosopher?

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

6. Describe Mill's education.

7. How is tyranny a threat to democracy?

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

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

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

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

When the author refers to liberty, he means societal liberty.

Part 1) What is meant by societal liberty? Why is this important to Mill?

Part 2) What are his opinions on societal liberty? How have the opinions come about?

Part 3) How does he question his own and others' beliefs about liberty? Why does he study liberty and its affects on individuals and society?

Essay Topic 3

Copernicus' knowledge of the Solar system is discussed.

Part 1) Describe the story of Copernicus. Why does the author use this as an example to prove the importance of freedom of speech?

Part 2) If Copernicus had been wrong, should he still have been allowed to express his beliefs?

Part 3) What might cause someone to persecute and stifle those with whom they disagree? how does this hurt everyone involved?

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