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 do differing forms of government result from according to Rousseau?

2. According to Rousseau, what is the first step to uncover the nature of inequality?

3. What does Rousseau say a state should not have any desire for?

4. What does Rousseau claim people can look at to discover the current nature of humanity?

5. What do not have regular form according to Rousseau?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens as family grows?

2. How does Chapter 3 open?

3. What does philosophy do?

4. What are the two types of inequality among humans presented by Rousseau in Chapter 4?

5. What happens as men acquire more?

6. What does nature give man?

7. What do humans owe their ideas to, according to Rousseau?

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

9. What does Rousseau lament in Chapter 3?

10. What happens when we give up liberty?

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

In an essay, discuss Rousseau's belief regarding private property and how it leads to social and economic inequality. Students should discuss how Rousseau's theory, if true, may lead to competition or rivalry. Students may choose to disagree with Rousseau in the essay and must support their argument for or against Rousseau's theory.

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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