The First and Second Discourses: By Jean-Jacques Rousseau Test | Final 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 encourage the youth to look forward to?

2. What does Rousseau lament in Chapter 3?

3. What power does Rousseau want the citizens of the cities to be able to do?

4. What does Rousseau say men dwell on?

5. What can magistrates easily usurp according to Rousseau?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rousseau desire about law and the people?

2. What is the savage man's nature?

3. What does nature give man?

4. What does Rousseau begin by supposing in Chapter 4?

5. What does natural inequality produce, according to Rousseau?

6. What does Rousseau seek to uncover according to Chapter 3?

7. What does philosophy do?

8. What happens as family grows?

9. What does Rousseau have high hopes for?

10. What natural enemies does man have, according to Rousseau?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rousseau's philosophical work, the First and Second Discourses, discusses Rousseau's views about nature verses society. In an essay, discuss how the two conflict based on the text.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the idea of perfection, also identified as man's ability to improve himself and the role of the environment. Discuss Rousseau's examination of perfectibility and adaptation by using the text to support your statements.

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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