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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. Prosper Enfantin was a follower of whom?

2. What were Michelet's other books like after his History of France?

3. How were Fourier and Owen representative of early nineteenth century thinkers?

4. When was Jules Michelet teaching?

5. According to Edmund Wilson, Babeuf saw the center of power during the French Revolution as being ______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Marx's time as the editor of a Cologne newspaper.

2. What does Edmund Wilson say about communes in America?

3. What did Jules Michelet discover in the work of Giavanni Vico?

4. Describe Michelet's politics.

5. Describe Owen's background and career.

6. How was Saint-Simon representative of the new breed of intellectual in the 19th-century?

7. How were Owen's communes organized?

8. What was Vico's effect on Michelet?

9. What intellectual tradition had Michelet inherited from the Middle Ages?

10. Compare Renan and Taine.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Engels, for one, had a conversion experience that brought him to communism. How did thinkers find communism as a solution to society's problems or questions? Were they converted? What had they believed before? For what questions or problems was communism the answer?

Essay Topic 2

Which of the thinkers which Edmund Wilson describes had the greatest effect on bringing about the Russian Revolution? What metrics would you use to justify such a claim for a particular thinker?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the philosophies of two political or economic philosophers of your choice. How are their philosophies similar? How are they different?

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