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 argue generates ethics?

2. What are the growing illegalities based on according to Rousseau?

3. What is best represented by the "Philosophes"?

4. What is not superior to the present day?

5. What does Rousseau say the increase of knowledge helps generate?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Rousseau argue about philosophers?

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

5. What does the First Discourse argue?

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

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

8. What does Rousseau believe about the growing size of society?

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

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

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 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, 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.

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