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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What follows the heels of metallurgy and agriculture?
(a) Slavery and misery.
(b) The industrial revolution.
(c) Machinery.
(d) Bread.

3. What is rooted in passion according to Rousseau?
(a) Human understanding.
(b) War.
(c) Love.
(d) Art.

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

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(b) It is outdated.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 is man's second feeling according to Rousseau?
(a) Desire.
(b) Envy.
(c) Love.
(d) Self-preservation.

7. Whose view does Rousseau say is wrong concerning the state of nature?
(a) Socrates'.
(b) The French king's.
(c) Hobbes'.
(d) Locke's.

8. What does Rousseau lament in Chapter 3?
(a) The loss of freedom of his countrymen.
(b) The loss of his sister.
(c) The loss of his rights.
(d) The loss of his influence.

9. Who does Rousseau say does not exhibit conditions to the same degree as modern man?
(a) Ancient men.
(b) Children.
(c) Savages.
(d) Women.

10. What is Rousseau using the dedication for?
(a) Thanks for his birth.
(b) Thanks for the chance to think about the origin of inequality.
(c) Thanks for being so generous.
(d) Thanks for his riches.

11. What does Rousseau claim people can look at to discover the current nature of humanity?
(a) His writings.
(b) Books.
(c) Contemporary historical events.
(d) The political system of Switzerland.

12. What can magistrates easily usurp according to Rousseau?
(a) Lives.
(b) Properties.
(c) Money.
(d) Power.

13. Where does Rousseau think language came from?
(a) Necessity to warn others of danger.
(b) Interaction between clans.
(c) Interaction between parent and child.
(d) Necessity to pass knowledge.

14. What does Rousseau say would have been prevented if someone called on the lies of the man who invented property rights?
(a) Lawyer.
(b) Many calamities.
(c) Trials.
(d) Banks.

15. What does Rousseau conclude social and political inequality is not?
(a) The way it is.
(b) Lawful.
(c) Nature of man.
(d) Just.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Rousseau say is wrong to think that because men have no natural sense of good that they must be wicked?

2. What does Rousseau think arises out of the property phenomenon?

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

4. What does the human owe many of their ideas to according to Rousseau?

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

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