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. According to the author, people who live under a tyrant or despot, yet find their lives peaceful, are experiencing which of the following types of slavery?

2. The social contract equalizes all men in which of the following?

3. Of the three wills operating within the Magistrate, which one has to be strongest for good government to exist?

4. According to the author, who benefits in war?

5. The author believes that there must be a balance between the size of the state and the ability of which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is the most freeing way of life for an individual?

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

10. What happens if a state becomes too large?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

According to the author, what is a government and what are the different aspects of a government?

Essay Topic 2

Using the book to find examples to support your answer, explain whether the author thinks that it is the right of the strong to rule.

Essay Topic 3

How does the author define a citizen? What are a citizen's roles and responsibilities? Use at least three examples from the book to support your answer.

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