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Enlightenment History Quiz

The following questions are based on the article: The Enlightenment.
1. Who wrote The Progress of the Human Mind proposing that man is basically good?
Louis XIV

2. John Locke believed that humans are born with a mind like a blank slate upon which experience writes. This blank slate was called...
Occam's Razor
Pontifex Maximus
Tabula Rasa
Cogito Ergo Sum

3. The idea that there is an agreement between the government and the governed that the government will rule justly, and the governed will obey as long as the government respects its life, liberty, and property is called...
Declaration of Independence
95 Theses
Divine Right of Kings
The Social Contract

4. Candide was a short social satire written by what prolific philosophe who was also a friend of Frederick the Great?
John Locke
Thomas Hobbes

5. What was the most common religion of the philosophes? It is sometimes called the "Great Watchmaker Theory".

6. Who wrote The Spirit of the Laws, which served as a blueprint for the U.S. Constitution?
James Madison

7. What Italian philosophe proposed that the laws of nature and the state be brought into line? He wanted to get rid of torture as a form of punishment.
Manuel Chrysoloros
Marcus Aurelius

8. The French Physiocrats conceived the idea that it was better to leave the economy free to regulate itself. This idea was called...
Caveat Emptor
Tabula Rasa
Invisible Hand
Laissez Faire

9. What Scot philosopher is thought to be the founding father of capitalism. He published The Wealth of Nations in 1776.
Adam Smith
David Hume
Karl Marx

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