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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the author, politicians have separated the Sovereign Will into which of the following?
(a) Separate jurisdictions.
(b) Separate buildings.
(c) Separate wills.
(d) Separate votes.

2. When an individual's will is in conflict with the will of the whole, what must the individual do?
(a) Revolt.
(b) Surrender his will.
(c) Advocate for his position.
(d) Draw people to his side.

3. Which of the following is the name that the author gives to a state that is governed by enlightened laws solely for the public interest?
(a) Democracy.
(b) Republic.
(c) Monarchy.
(d) Theocracy.

4. The author believes that when citizens become enlightened they have to seize which of the following for themselves?
(a) Responsibility.
(b) Reason.
(c) Power.
(d) Freedom.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following types of law is the third type of law that governs a specific type of relationship within a state?

2. The author thinks that his ideas should be applied not just to the state but to which of the following?

3. According to the author, no man has any natural authority over which of the following?

4. The author believes that Grotius formed his theories with the sole aim of flattering and ingratiating himself with whom of the following?

5. Which of the following does the author consider to be the only thing that can direct a state toward decisions of the common good?

Short Essay Questions

1. When do individuals have to surrender their individual will?

2. What characteristics does the author give humans?

3. What type of obedience has less value and is less enduring?

4. According to the author, what is the only element that can direct the state?

5. What is the trade being made between freedom and government when there is only one magistrate?

6. What happens to the individual's hold on his personal property when he is part of the state?

7. What is the author's definition of law?

8. Even though the government is an artificial creation, why does the author believe that it still has to maintain good relations?

9. What does the author suggest that the social contract gives?

10. What does the author believe to be the foundation of all types of laws?

(see the answer keys)

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