John Locke's Social Contract Theory: Lesson for Kids


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Which one of these is not a right according to John Locke's social contract theory?

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1. According to John Locke's social contract theory, what's the job of the government?

2. What does John Locke believe you could do if the government doesn't do its part in the contract that he describes in his social contract theory?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The social contract theory was developed by philosopher John Locke. See what you know about it by answering questions on key topics like the rights that Locke included in the theory and the government's job, according to the theory.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on these points:

  • Locke's belief about what people can do if the government doesn't do its part in the social contract
  • Example of one of the rights in Locke's social contract theory
  • The way people settled an argument before government existed

Skills Practiced

  • Learning practice - use what you know to answer questions about the social contract theory of John Locke
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the social contract theory to explain what the government's role is
  • Remembering details - remember what you've learned about how people settled arguments before government came about, according to Locke

Additional Learning

For more on this philosopher and his theories, you can read or watch the lesson called John Locke's Social Contract Theory: Lesson for Kids. These key subjects will be covered:

  • Time period when John Locke was alive
  • Ways that a government could succeed, according to Locke
  • Government problems with the social contract