On Liberty Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Is taking a dissenting position loudly before an already angry mob free speech?

2. What is the author now interested in figuring out, regarding the principles?

3. What other countries does the author also believe have become more alike to one another?

4. From what century is Wilhelm Von Humboldt?

5. Who is J.S. Mill's ancient predecessor?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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