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Trivia Quiz - Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Renowned Philosopher
His thoughts and writings influenced many although his private life belied some of his firmest principles. Ten questions on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the Swiss born French philosopher (1712-1778).
November 10, 2013
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1. Apprenticed to an an engraver who treated him harshly, Rousseau ran away and found refuge with a woman named Madame ...?
A. de Warens
B. de Roberts
C. de Michael
D. de Roberta
2. In 1794 Rousseau arrived in Paris and began a relationship with Therese Levasseur that lasted how long?
A. 10 years
B. 15 years
C. 20 years
D. 25 years
3. The relationship between Rousseau and Levasseur bore five children. What happened to all five?
A. They died before reaching the age of five.
B. They all became writers.
C. Rousseau left them on the stairs of a foundling hospital.
D. Rousseau sent them to live in Switzerland
4. Which of the following ideas is found in many of Rousseau's essays?
A. personal responsibility for one's actions
B. the futility of life
C. the noble savage
D. the eternal struggle for dominance
5. Which of the following is the opening statement from Rousseau's "Du Contrat Social"?
A. Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
B. Man is born free, but everywhere is in chains.
C. We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation.
D. If you think you're free, there's no escape possible.
6. What book by Rousseau was his attempt to explain how children should be educated?
7. With which English writer did Rousseau live in England for a time?
A. David Hume
B. Edward Gibbon
C. Samuel Johnson
D. Thomas Malthus
8. Apart from being a successful writer, what other talent gained Rousseau fame?
9. Rousseau's writing is credited as providing the rationale behind what momentous event?
A. American War of Independence
B. French Revolution
C. Revolutions of 1848
D. American Civil War
10. Which of the following statements was not reflective of Rousseau's thinking?
A. Religion was a necessity.
B. Man was a mere toy at the mercy of the Fates
C. Man is in competition with others and dependent on them.
D. All society consisted of a general will.
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