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. The author believes that force does not constitute which of the following?

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

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

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

5. The author believes that the strength of the individual is insufficient to overcome which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What characteristics does the author give humans?

9. Why are legislators with the correct qualities important?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What is the role that size plays in determining the characteristics of a state? How do geography and size work together to define a state? Use the examples that the author uses in the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

What makes democracy unwieldy? How can democracy be made more efficient? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

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