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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does not preserve liberty according to Rousseau?
(a) His theory.
(b) The state.
(c) The king.
(d) Alienating one's liberty.

2. What does Rousseau want his countrymen to submit to?
(a) His wisdom.
(b) France.
(c) The law.
(d) Their ideals.

3. What does Rousseau say of the increasing knowledge in relation to the original state of man?
(a) It make it better.
(b) It obscures it.
(c) It destroys it.
(d) It nurtures it.

4. What is man capable of doing according to Rousseau?
(a) Loving others.
(b) Killing others.
(c) Improving oneself.
(d) Ignoring the obvious.

5. What does Rousseau say of the human animal?
(a) It is flawed.
(b) It is outdated.
(c) It is an ingenious machine.
(d) It is a precise clock.

6. What does Rousseau encourage the youth to look forward to?
(a) Marriage.
(b) Mild pleasures.
(c) Nothing.
(d) Political power.

7. What do differing forms of government result from according to Rousseau?
(a) Different languages.
(b) Different tyrants.
(c) Different amount of wealth.
(d) Different level of inequality.

8. What type of government is Rousseau concerned about in Chapter 3?
(a) Oligarchy.
(b) Republican.
(c) Democracy.
(d) Monarchy.

9. What has the power to disrupt society regularly?
(a) A revolution.
(b) The law.
(c) War.
(d) Love.

10. How many types of inequality does Rousseau see in Chapter 4?
(a) 2 types.
(b) 3 types.
(c) 8 types.
(d) 5 types.

11. What type of government arises when inequality is the weakest?
(a) Democracy.
(b) Monarchy.
(c) Oligarchy.
(d) Republic.

12. Why do the rich produce the state according to Rousseau?
(a) They need to bind the poor with laws.
(b) They have much to lose.
(c) They need banks.
(d) They want power.

13. What does Rousseau want his rulers to consider?
(a) Hobbes' ideas.
(b) The people's needs.
(c) Rousseau's needs.
(d) France's needs.

14. What does Rousseau say are divided between amour-propre and primitive emotions?
(a) Women.
(b) Good men.
(c) Children.
(d) Repressed men.

15. What type of inequality is established by nature?
(a) Economic.
(b) Appreciation of art.
(c) Physical.
(d) Political power.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of place would Rousseau have loved to be born?

2. Where does Rousseau think language came from?

3. What does Rousseau have for the republic of his birth?

4. What power does Rousseau want the citizens of the cities to be able to do?

5. What does Rousseau say a state should not have any desire for?

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