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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the author, violence is a poor means of maintaining which of the following?
(a) Revolution.
(b) Social order.
(c) A government.
(d) Respect.

2. Which of the following does the author consider to be the only thing that can direct a state toward decisions of the common good?
(a) General will of the community.
(b) Specific will of the community.
(c) Specific will of individuals.
(d) General will of the government.

3. The author states that the Magistrate receives power to lead the government from which of the following?
(a) God.
(b) Natural law.
(c) The people.
(d) The constitution.

4. Who is Grotius?
(a) A philosopher.
(b) A father.
(c) A king.
(d) A revolutionary.

5. The author compares authoritarian societies to which of the following social structures?
(a) Family.
(b) Friends.
(c) Military.
(d) Work.

6. Which of the following does the author suggest to be the best time for a state to be established?
(a) During a time of relative peace.
(b) In the middle of prosperity.
(c) At the time that violence comes to an end.
(d) At the beginning of war.

7. The author believes that there must be a balance between the size of the state and the ability of which of the following?
(a) The legislators to evaluate it.
(b) The government to administer it.
(c) The people to know it.
(d) The land to support it.

8. The author states that a social contract in a bad government does which of the following?
(a) Keeps everyone miserable.
(b) Keeps the poor miserable.
(c) Keeps the middle-class miserable.
(d) Keeps those in power miserable.

9. According to the author, war originates from the relationship between which of the following?
(a) Kings.
(b) States.
(c) Resources.
(d) Families.

10. The will of all is a conglomeration of which of the following?
(a) Private companies.
(b) Private needs.
(c) Private charities.
(d) Private interests.

11. When the author writes of a sovereign within the social contract, he refers to which of the following?
(a) The person in leadership of the group.
(b) The collective authority.
(c) The single ruler.
(d) The outward will of the group.

12. According to the author, people who live under a tyrant or despot, yet find their lives peaceful, are experiencing which of the following types of slavery?
(a) Spiritual.
(b) Thoughtful.
(c) Social.
(d) Political.

13. According to the author, which of the following does man gain in the social contract?
(a) Civil liberty.
(b) Spiritual liberty.
(c) Social liberty.
(d) Political liberty.

14. According to the author, which of the following does man give up in the social contract?
(a) Unlimited property.
(b) Unlimited speech.
(c) Unlimited power.
(d) Unlimited freedom.

15. In Chapter 12, the author summarizes his theme that which of the following is necessary for law and government?
(a) Morality.
(b) Adaptability.
(c) Consistency.
(d) Legality.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, who benefits in war?

2. The fourth type of law is the moral law of custom, also referred to as which of the following?

3. Which of the following best describes Grotius?

4. The author states that there will be three wills operating within the Magistrate. Which of the following does the author think will naturally be the strongest?

5. According to the author, every human being lives in which of the following?

(see the answer keys)

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