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Introduction to Politics, 1Ce – Chapter 4

Instructions: For each question, click on the radio button beside your answer. When you have completed the entire quiz, click the 'Submit my answers' button at the bottom of the page to receive your results.

Question 1:

a) Imprisonment
b) Suppression of peaceful political dissent
c) The inability to fly without mechanical aid
d) The total prohibition of alcoholic stimulants and tobacco products

Question 2:

a) The state has the right to intervene in the hope of making people’s lives more fulfilling.
b) People should just get out there and do whatever they want.
c) Only self-confident people can be free.
d) Freedom means the absence of constraints deliberately imposed by other people.

Question 3:

a) the state can and should do more to reduce economic inequalities.
b) the criminal justice system is an unacceptable infringement of freedom.
c) irrational people do not deserve freedom.
d) “positive” conceptions of liberty represented a serious threat to capitalism.

Question 4:

a) Freedom is an essential means to human progress.
b) Hurtful opinions and nasty name-calling should be stamped out by the law.
c) All kinds of pleasure are equally valid.
d) People should forcibly be prevented from harming themselves.

Question 5:

a) human beings are not necessarily made happier just because the law allows them ample freedom to make serious mistakes.
b) it is not clear that any significant human action is purely “self-regarding.”
c) there are circumstances when the truth needs to be given legal protection against error.
d) all of the above.

Question 6:

a) A fair distribution of income and wealth
b) An assurance that punishment should fit the crime
c) That decisions should be made in accordance with an established set of rules
d) That every offender should be tried in front of a judge and jury

Question 7:

a) A veil of ignorance
b) A state of nature
c) Economic inequality
d) Short-sighted self-interest

Question 8:

a) Nozick admires capitalism whereas Rawls rejects it.
b) Rawls is more concerned with individual liberty.
c) Nozick believes that people who acquire property through their labour should be allowed to keep it, while Rawls tries to justify a degree of redistributive taxation.
d) Nozick is more willing to justify state intervention.

Question 9:

a) the same rules should apply in all societies.
b) justice means different things in different contexts.
c) Western countries have a moral duty to intervene in “rogue” states.
d) the concept of the nation state is meaningless in a world of global citizenship.

Question 10:

a) introducing the concept of intragenerational justice.
b) introducing the concept of intergenerational justice.
c) insisting that justice applies to all human beings.
d) treating current economic structures as beneficial.