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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. By being part of the social contract, man does which of the following?
(a) Becomes master of himself.
(b) Becomes a slave to others.
(c) Gains property rights.
(d) Gains friendships.

4. The author thinks that his ideas should be applied not just to the state but to which of the following?
(a) World.
(b) Family.
(c) City-state.
(d) Communities.

5. The author believes that a man's hold on his personal property is which of the following when he is part of the state?
(a) Decreased.
(b) Increased.
(c) Harmless.
(d) Safer.

6. Which of the following does the author believes to be few in number in a well-ordered state?
(a) Problems.
(b) Trials.
(c) Criminals.
(d) Laws.

7. According to the author, the larger that a state is, the less influence which of the following will have?
(a) The individual.
(b) The Legislator.
(c) The army.
(d) The Magistrate.

8. If the natural circumstances are not taken into account by the legislator, what type of status will the state be in?
(a) Peaceful.
(b) War-like.
(c) Agitation.
(d) Anarchy.

9. How rare does the author think that individuals who possess the ideal traits of legislators are?
(a) So rare that they do not exist.
(b) Not rare.
(c) Extremely rare.
(d) Moderately rare.

10. The Sovereign Will is the expression of desired action to meet which of the following?
(a) The needs of the citizens.
(b) The needs of the community.
(c) The needs of the state.
(d) The needs of the government.

11. According to the author, the more Magistrates that there are, the closer that the government is to which of the following?
(a) A good government.
(b) A true republic.
(c) The ability to act well.
(d) The will of the people.

12. According to the author, a city is a collection of which of the following?
(a) Buildings.
(b) Citizens.
(c) Families.
(d) Areas.

13. When the author refers to "associations" formed in the community that must be kept equal, which of the following does he mean?
(a) Political parties.
(b) Clubs.
(c) Sporting teams.
(d) Religious groups.

14. The author believes that change is a fundamental aspect of which of the following, and cannot be stopped?
(a) States.
(b) Science.
(c) Law.
(d) Nature.

15. The author believes that a human's most basic instinct is the will to do which of the following?
(a) Procreate.
(b) Survive.
(c) Have power.
(d) Rule.

Short Answer Questions

1. When an individual's will is in conflict with the will of the whole, what must the individual do?

2. The author states that slavery is established and perpetuated by which of the following?

3. The second type of law governs the relationship between which of the following within the state?

4. What type of community does the author envision in a seaside state?

5. When men work together in the way that the author suggests, it produces what type of authority?

(see the answer keys)

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