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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) Religion.
(b) Ignorance.
(c) Sciences.
(d) Education.

2. What does Rousseau say is hidden in society?
(a) A boatload of art.
(b) A train of vices.
(c) A chariot of intelligence.
(d) A car of knowledge.

3. What does Rousseau say men came to love?
(a) Religion.
(b) The restriction imposed by arts and sciences.
(c) Sciences.
(d) Arts.

4. Why does Rousseau reject the notion of natural law?
(a) His royalty backers don't like the concept.
(b) He wants to contradict all the thinkers of his time.
(c) We do not yet know the nature of man.
(d) Locke favors it.

5. What fell apart according to Rousseau?
(a) The upperclass way of life.
(b) Totalitarian government.
(c) Arts and sciences.
(d) The French monarchy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is needed by history according to Rousseau?

2. What does Rousseau argue enlightenment usually produces?

3. What does Rousseau say preceded what men are coming to?

4. What does Rousseau say might result only in ignorance?

5. What collapses with riches according to Rousseau?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the most popular form of government in 18th century France and how is it described?

2. What is at the heart of Rousseau's philosophy, according to the Introduction?

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

4. What alarming consequences does science have, according to Chapter 2?

5. What examples does Rousseau offer in his demonstration of how progress produced corruption?

6. Who does Rousseau refer to in his statement about how the sciences to not improve morals?

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

8. What does Rousseau believe about time?

9. What does Rousseau argue about his society according to the Introduction?

10. What claim about civilization is made at the start of Chapter 2?

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