The Social Contract Test | Final 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 municipal government does the author use as an example of an effective balance between election by lot and election by vote?

2. When a government becomes more focused on its own needs and desires than on the Sovereign Will, the citizens are not obliged to do which of the following?

3. The government should be abolished if it no longer does which of the following?

4. Which of the following does the author think should be established to prevent the abuse of power?

5. According to the author, which of the following is a significant problem with a monarchy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the purpose of the tribunes?

2. According to the author, what happens to make the Sovereign Will an illusion?

3. What is one of the three conditions that must be in place for a democracy not to be unwieldy and inefficient?

4. Pursuant to the author's rule, what is the exception to the government never being altered?

5. What are the two parts of instituting government?

6. What prevents abuses of power in government?

7. What is the best way for the Sovereign Will to be understood?

8. For what purpose does the author use the government in Venice as an example?

9. What does the author state the government in Ancient Rome to be based on its high degree of closeness to natural order?

10. What does the author suggest that the religion of the state should be?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is it necessary for the laws of the state to be adaptable to the changing needs of its citizens? Cite specific examples from the book, including historical ones, to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

What is the Sovereign Will? How is it important to the government? How is it different from the general or particular will? Use specific examples from the book to support your answer.

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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