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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. According to Humboldt, what does every individual need in order to learn himself fully?
2. To what does this analysis lead?
3. What is of great concern to the philosopher, regarding human nature and character of individuality?
4. To what does he refer regarding persecution?
5. What did Humboldt believe is the greatest goal in the holistic development of humanity?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does John Stuart Mill complete this book?
2. What does Humboldt believe? Why might others disagree with him?
3. With what question does the author begin this chapter?
4. What does J.S. Mill imply at the end of the text regarding the nurturing of society?
5. What does the author say about taking days off from work?
6. What does Mill believe is under attack?
7. To what does this analysis lead?
8. How would Aristotle have worded this previous statement about nurturing?
9. What are two of the most significant questions regarding one's conduct?
10. How might the ideas and methods of Humboldt, Mill, and Taylor be useful?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
John Stuart Mill is a home-schooled philosopher.
Part 1) Describe Mill's education. How has his education prepared him for his future as a journalist and civil rights advocate?
Part 2) Compare his education to you own. What aspects of each do you believe are beneficial? Why?
Part 3) If his education had been different or non-existent, how might this have changed his life? So, how influential was his education on his life's work?
Essay Topic 2
Diversity of situations is important to Mill.
Part 1) What is meant by diversity of situations?
Part 2) Why is diversity in this sense important, according to Mill? Do you agree with Mill?Why or why not?
Part 3) How can a society or state keep this type of diversity? Compare the diversity of situations in Mill's time to today. Based on this text, what would he say about our diversity of situations?
Part 4) Do you feel that a lack of diversity of situations is a problem in our society today? 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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