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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Rousseau say happened to what fell apart in Chapter 1?
(a) It was resurrected.
(b) It was taken over by new philosophers.
(c) It was cast aside.
(d) It was forgotten.

2. What does Rousseau say arts and sciences restrict?
(a) Ability to think.
(b) Liberty.
(c) Intelligence.
(d) Wisdom.

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

4. What does Rousseau argue science often begins with in Chapter 2?
(a) Need for new weapons.
(b) Desire for power.
(c) Superstition.
(d) Lack of knowledge.

5. When did Rousseau flee France?
(a) 1762.
(b) 1770.
(c) 1778.
(d) 1775.

6. What does Rousseau wonder is improved or undermined by restoring the arts and sciences?
(a) Virtue.
(b) Morality.
(c) Values.
(d) Intelligence.

7. What does Rousseau say might result only in ignorance?
(a) Studying art.
(b) Moral behavior.
(c) Blindly following the philosophers.
(d) Bad education

8. How does the Introduction classify both Hobbes and Locke?
(a) Pre-modern.
(b) Modern.
(c) Ancient.
(d) Classical.

9. What does luxury generate according to Rousseau?
(a) Travel.
(b) Good men.
(c) Free time.
(d) Art.

10. What does Rousseau argue the arts force men to reward people based on?
(a) Fortune.
(b) Birth.
(c) Appearance.
(d) Intelligence.

11. What does Rousseau say preceded what men are coming to?
(a) Barbarism.
(b) Sophism.
(c) Enlightenment.
(d) Socratism.

12. What are the growing illegalities based on according to Rousseau?
(a) Talents of men.
(b) The social political make-up of the time.
(c) Birth.
(d) Country of origin.

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

14. Where was Rousseau born according to the Introduction?
(a) Lyon.
(b) Nice.
(c) Geneva.
(d) Paris.

15. Who attacked art and science according to Rousseau?
(a) Plato.
(b) Aristotle.
(c) Hobbes.
(d) Socrates.

Short Answer Questions

1. What reflects in the science it helped produce?

2. What is the First Discourse about according to the Introduction?

3. What does Rousseau say men came to love?

4. Why does Rousseau reject the notion of natural law?

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

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