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

2. 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 single ruler.
(c) The collective authority.
(d) The outward will of the group.

3. Which of the following refers to an imposition of an unnatural authority that is contrary to human nature?
(a) War.
(b) Revolt.
(c) Force.
(d) Revolution.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to the author, politicians have separated the Sovereign Will into which of the following?

3. The first type of laws govern the interaction between the state and which of the following?

4. How many states does the author believe have been established within the guidelines that he gives in Book 2?

5. The private will is inclined to which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does every individual have the responsibility to die in defense of the state?

2. What happens if a state becomes too large?

3. What reason does the author cite as the necessary one for the social contract to be established?

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

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

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

7. How is the body politic destroyed?

8. According to the author, what type of geography makes a state unstable?

9. What characteristics does the author give humans?

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

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