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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does laziness do to men according to Rousseau?
(a) Turn them into artists.
(b) Makes them philosophers.
(c) Regress them to the state of nature.
(d) Makes them into thieves.

3. What does Rousseau say became of arts and sciences?
(a) A ghetto for rich people.
(b) Open.
(c) Easy to access.
(d) Dictatorial.

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

5. What is not superior to the present day?
(a) Science.
(b) Nature of man.
(c) Art.
(d) Intelligence.

6. What does Rousseau argue generates physics?
(a) Idleness.
(b) Revenge.
(c) Secrecy.
(d) Greed.

7. What Saint influenced Rousseau's vision?
(a) Saint Thomas Aquinas.
(b) Saint John of the Cross
(c) Saint Thomas.
(d) Saint Augustine.

8. What is the First Discourse about according to the Introduction?
(a) An attack on Locke.
(b) Monarchy is a good government.
(c) Frederick the Great's accomplishments.
(d) Popular enlightenment corrupts morals.

9. What does Rousseau say arts and sciences have aided the suppression of?
(a) Monarchy.
(b) Intelligence.
(c) Poverty.
(d) Evil.

10. What are the two laws of nature and natural right according to Rousseau?
(a) Physical nature and irrational man.
(b) Rational man and irrational nature.
(c) Physical nature and rational man.
(d) Physical nature and the king is always right.

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

12. What is needed by the law according to Rousseau?
(a) Judges.
(b) Lawyers.
(c) Injustice.
(d) Justice.

13. What question does Rousseau try to answer about society?
(a) Is society accepting the rule of the kings?
(b) Is society good for animals?
(c) Is society good for men?
(d) Is society ready for change?

14. What civilizations does Rousseau use to demonstrate his point on morality?
(a) Russians and Japanese.
(b) French and British.
(c) Romans and Greeks.
(d) Germans and Prussians.

15. What does Rousseau say humanity possessed even before the advent of art?
(a) Knowledge of what is beautiful.
(b) Paintings.
(c) Morality.
(d) Patience.

Short Answer Questions

1. What fell apart according to Rousseau?

2. What does science prevent the production of according to Rousseau?

3. What reflects in the science it helped produce?

4. How can what Rousseau say fell apart survive under?

5. Why does Rousseau say humanity remains secure?

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