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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Despite man's liberty, what does Locke argue that man should not be allowed to do?
(a) Buy his neighbor's property.
(b) Acquire his neighbor's slaves.
(c) Destroy himself, creatures, or other people.
(d) Divorce his wife.

2. What joint power does Locke say is represented by the community?
(a) The power to live wherever you want and to own property.
(b) The power to create and break rules.
(c) The power of all the members in that society.
(d) The power to be free and to self-govern.

3. What rules should people know according to Locke?
(a) The rules about inheritance.
(b) The rules about property.
(c) The rules governing their rights.
(d) The rules about gender equality.

4. What can a subject do regardless of the type of ruler according to Locke?
(a) Make a stake for his own property.
(b) Appeal to the law.
(c) Take matters into his own hands.
(d) Be an anarchist.

5. What is the first fundamental natural law?
(a) To do as you please.
(b) To be free.
(c) To have children.
(d) Preserve society and people in it.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Locke believe that natural freedom and the rule of parents fit together?

2. Where does the authority to make laws come from?

3. What two government powers does Locke argue should remain separate?

4. How is despotic power defined in the Second Treatise?

5. To understand political power, what is important to have?

Short Essay Questions

1. What can parents always expect from their children even after guardianship has ended?

2. What is the role of the executive branch of government?

3. Describe what Locke believes is the relationship between parents and children.

4. What are the people's expectations of their government?

5. What freedom does the individual have in society?

6. Describe the state of natural freedom mentioned by Locke.

7. How does Locke define political power?

8. What is the most fundamental law of nature mentioned in the Second Treatise that the legislature seeks to protect?

9. What is man's relationship to the freedom of other people?

10. What is the primary purpose of laws?

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