Topic: Read Theory Quiz - The Social Contract
Today, as part of a series of tests, I did a test on ReadTheory.org that seemed to strike a certain note with me; so to speak. The quiz I completed was about 'The Social Contract'. The Social Contract, as I knew before taking the quiz, is a book written by French author Jean-Jaques Rousseau.
Funny coincidence, my older brother and I were instructed to read a book over the summer in return for $50. The book given to my older brother to read was, guess what, The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Neither my brother nor I finished our books.
The quiz I took was based around 2 passages about the Social Contract itself.
The first passage explained the history and origins of the Social contract. After briefly explaining what the Social Contract is, the first passage cited three examples and time periods in which the Social Contract underwent some development. The example I found most notable was the third and final paragraph, which talked about Rousseau's book and how it influenced the philosophy of the era.
The second passage focused on how the Social Contract came into play during the American Revolution and eventual writing and signing of the Declaration of Independence. According to the passage, the declaration of Independence listed how Britain had broken the Social Contract with the Thirteen Colonies.
I found it very interesting to learn about an event I wasn't terribly familiar with prior.
This is not to say that I'm some sort of American history fanatic, but rather that I find interest in seeing a familiar sight from a new angle and seeing new and more interesting things, so to speak.