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. The author believes that there is too much reverence for which of the following in many states?

2. The author advocates a government that is which of the following in relation to the government in Ancient Rome?

3. The author believes that representatives are an unnecessary level of mediation between the Sovereign Will and which of the following?

4. 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?

5. Which of the following should be the objective that people undertake in government?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author define a democracy?

2. What does monotheism mean?

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

4. What would happen if the Sovereign Will enacted laws?

5. What type of government does the author think is best?

6. What is the only law that the author believes requires unanimous consent?

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

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

9. In a monarchy, why does the power of the monarch have to be absolute?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the relationship between suffrage and elections and the provisions of the Sovereign Will? Define each term, using support from the book, and provide at least two examples of how each (suffrage and elections) help define the Sovereign Will.

Essay Topic 2

What points in the book support the author's theme that the moral authority of the group is stronger than that of an individual?

Essay Topic 3

According to the author, what are the causes and effects of violence? Cite three examples from the book to support your answer.

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