On Liberty Test | Final 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. Should there be choice among competing goods and services?

2. What does the author mean by state?

3. According to Humboldt, what does every individual need in order to learn himself fully?

4. Are some of these points a bit different today?

5. Who is Wilhelm Von Humboldt?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Humboldt believe? Why might others disagree with him?

2. Is this discussion of trade relevant for readers of today? Why or why not?

3. How does the author pursue an investigation to attempt to find an answer to his first question?

4. What else does the author want to do with his principles?

5. What does Mill believe is under attack?

6. What is the purpose of this chapter?

7. What does Mill have to say about one's place in society in the Victorian age?

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

9. What has been the reaction to people who have trouble finding their proper place and balance within society?

10. What is one strength of which the readers of this book must be aware?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Mill discusses the matter of Free Trade.

Part 1) What is meant by free trade? Why does he discuss this?

Part 2) What does the author have to say about free trade? Is this an adequate discussion? Why or why not?

Part 3) How does free trade work in our society? Is what Mill says in this book relevant and realistic in our society? Why or why not?

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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