The First and Second Discourses: By Jean-Jacques Rousseau Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rousseau say happened to what fell apart in Chapter 1?

2. What do lazy children perform according to Rousseau?

3. What follows the spread of knowledge according to the First Discourse?

4. What does Rousseau say men are coming to?

5. What does Rousseau say is hidden in society?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What paradox does Rousseau discuss in Chapter 1?

6. How does Rousseau explain the nature of man in relation to art?

7. What does the Second Discourse focus on?

8. How does Rousseau depict men of today?

9. What are three main influences on Rousseau's work, according to the Introduction?

10. What does the First Discourse argue?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In an essay, discuss what Rousseau thinks about natural right in relation to natural law, giving examples from the text to support your conclusions. Use the text to support your statements.

Essay Topic 2

In an essay, discuss Rousseau's definition of a "savage man" and outline the attributes of a savage. Use the text to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 3

In an essay, compare the philosophical teachings of Rousseau, Hobbes, and Locke to discuss the similarities and differences. Use secondary sources to support your discussion.

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