The Social Contract Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The term, inherent in anarchy, refers to which of the following?

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

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

5. The author believes he is a citizen of which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is the body politic destroyed?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why must the legislator not have command or authority over any man?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does power shift back and forth between the three types of government? Use specific examples from the book, including historical ones, to support your essay.

Essay Topic 2

According to the author, what are the three different types of will operating within the magistrate? Which is strongest? Which should be the strongest, and why? What impact does that have on a government?

Essay Topic 3

Referencing the four types of laws that are given at the end of Book 2, use examples from the book to explain what the four types of laws are, and how they define governments.

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