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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does Rousseau argue enlightenment usually produces?
(a) Luxury.
(b) Better life for everyone.
(c) Better rulers.
(d) Laziness.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was Rousseau born according to the Introduction?

2. What does Rousseau say men are coming to?

3. What Saint influenced Rousseau's vision?

4. What does Rousseau argue generates ethics?

5. What was the most popular form of government in Europe during Rousseau's time?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to the Introduction, what has Jean-Jacques Rousseau inspired?

2. What does Rousseau state has fallen apart in Chapter 1?

3. What examples of vanity does Rousseau give in Chapter 2?

4. What does the First Discourse argue?

5. How has art and science affected France, according to Chapter 1?

6. What does Rousseau argue about philosophers?

7. What does Rousseau believe about time?

8. At the end of Chapter 2, what does Rousseau believe about talented people?

9. What are the two laws of nature and natural right?

10. How does Rousseau depict men of today?

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