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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, no man has any natural authority over which of the following?
(a) His beliefs.
(b) His family.
(c) His state.
(d) His fellows.

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

3. The Sovereign Will is subject to which of the following in a constant way?
(a) Pressures.
(b) Fluctuations.
(c) Debates.
(d) Battering.

4. Which of the following is another phrase that the author uses for "empowering of the Sovereign Will"?
(a) The business of citizens.
(b) The business of magistrates.
(c) The business of legislators.
(d) The business of government.

5. The private will is inclined to which of the following?
(a) Personalities.
(b) Semantics.
(c) Charity.
(d) Partiality.

Short Answer Questions

1. The Sovereign Will is the expression of desired action to meet which of the following?

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

3. According to the author, from which of the following does justice flow?

4. The discussion that the author has about population would be described today using which of the following terms?

5. The term, patriarchal refers to which of the following being dominant?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the author describe humanity's basic animalistic drive?

3. How does the author suggest that power for deciding who has authority must be established?

4. What is one premise cited in the author's argument that imposition of an unnatural authority is contrary to human nature?

5. What does man lose and gain by the social contract?

6. What are the three levels of will that a magistrate has operating within themselves?

7. What do the second and third types of laws presented in Book 2, Chapter 12, have in common?

8. What does the author state will happen unless natural circumstances are taken into account by the legislator?

9. What does the author cite as being an essential foundation for living and governing the right way?

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

(see the answer keys)

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