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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, who benefits in war?
(a) No one.
(b) The soldiers.
(c) The rulers.
(d) The rich individuals.

2. The author believes that force does not constitute which of the following?
(a) Right.
(b) Power.
(c) Enslavement.
(d) Need.

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

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

5. According to the author, the state does not have a right to take the life of an individual who threatens which of the following?
(a) Property.
(b) Ideas and technology.
(c) Other individuals.
(d) National defense.

Short Answer Questions

1. The author believes that when citizens become enlightened they have to seize which of the following for themselves?

2. The term, magistrate, is used interchangeably with which of the following titles?

3. When the author states that inspiration for lawmakers must come from God, whom of the following does he cite as examples?

4. The author believes that change is a fundamental aspect of which of the following, and cannot be stopped?

5. According to the author, which of the following situation takes place within a state that is plagued by uncertainty?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are legislators with the correct qualities important?

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

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

4. Why do legislators have to be aware of timing when they present laws?

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

6. How does the need felt by the citizens use the Sovereign Will to connect to the governed?

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

8. On what type of standard are the authoritarian socio-political system and the family system both based?

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

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

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