The First and Second Discourses: By Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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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 were Hobbes, Spinoza and Locke critiquing?
(a) People obsessed by material possession.
(b) The rational basis of natural law and religion.
(c) The rational basis of monarchy.
(d) Rousseau's relation with Frederick the Great.

2. What is Rousseau concerned about in the treatment of the topic of Chapter 1?
(a) The difficulty of being accurate.
(b) Being unfair means favoring the arts.
(c) The difficulty of being fair.
(d) The arguments for and against are the same.

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

4. What does Rousseau say sciences does not improve?
(a) Riches.
(b) Morals.
(c) Happiness.
(d) Intelligence.

5. What does Rousseau say men can do in the present?
(a) Appreciate arts.
(b) Read Rousseau's book.
(c) Deceive.
(d) Understand sciences.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is not superior to the present day?

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

3. What does Rousseau say men can hide from open discernment?

4. What should academies organize society around?

5. What did Rousseau use to counterbalance the potential good of modernity?

(see the answer key)

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