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 wonder is improved or undermined by restoring the arts and sciences?

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

3. Why does Rousseau reject the notion of natural law?

4. What were Hobbes, Spinoza and Locke critiquing?

5. What fell apart according to Rousseau?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. At the start of Chapter 1, what is Rousseau concerned about?

3. How does Rousseau depict men of today?

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

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

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

7. What does Rousseau believe about time?

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

9. What does Rousseau state about artists?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In an essay, discuss Rousseau's conclusions about despotism as discussed in Chapter 5 of the First and Second Discourses. Students should define the term despotism and use the text and secondary sources to support their analysis of despotism.

Essay Topic 2

In an essay, discuss the criticism of Rousseau's arguments, particularly of how man is corrupted by civilization. Using secondary sources to support your analysis, discuss why his conclusions were correct or incorrect.

Essay Topic 3

In an essay, discuss Rousseau's ideas regarding the arts and sciences as causing corruption and conclude whether you agree or disagree, using modern examples and secondary sources to support your discussion.

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