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 question does Rousseau try to answer about society?

2. How does Rousseau qualify what humanity possessed even before the advent of art?

3. What does Rousseau argue the arts force men to reward people based on?

4. What is, in science, more likely to result from speculation than truth?

5. What does Rousseau argue generates ethics?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Rousseau argue about philosophers?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Rousseau believe contradicts one another?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The theme of corruption is prominent and is closely related to nature. In an essay, define corruption, discuss its effects on mankind, and relate them to the types of corruption which Rousseau discusses. Use the text to support your discussion.

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