The First and Second Discourses: By Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 1, A Discourse on the Moral Effects of the Arts and Sciences, Part I.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Rousseau say science inherently is?
(a) Captivating.
(b) Good for society.
(c) Dangerous.
(d) A way to better ourselves.

2. What does Rousseau say men are coming to?
(a) A new sort of reason.
(b) Rediscover the old ways.
(c) New reasons to make war.
(d) A new sort of intelligence

3. What does Rousseau say at the end of Chapter 1 might contradict virtue?
(a) Education.
(b) Sciences.
(c) Ignorance.
(d) Religion.

4. What did the "philosophes" think would happen to a society where false beliefs wither?
(a) It would rule the world.
(b) It would get better.
(c) Women would come to power.
(d) It would collapse.

5. What does Rousseau argue the arts force men to recognize?
(a) Their piety.
(b) The greatness of their leaders.
(c) Their own weakness.
(d) Talent.

Short Answer Questions

1. What follows the spread of knowledge according to the First Discourse?

2. What does Rousseau say arts and sciences restrict?

3. What should the preface of the Second Discourse say philosophers must focus on?

4. What were Hobbes, Spinoza and Locke trying to avoid when they were building their theories?

5. What does the pursuit of art and science not teach citizens?

(see the answer key)

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