Two Treatises Of Government by Locke: Summary & Explanation


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Which of the following best describes the concept of the 'state of nature?'

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1. In John Locke's Second Treatise, he claims that 'government exists by the consent of the governed,' meaning that any government only exists as long as the people believe it is representing their rights. What is the term for this theory?

2. Which of the following was NOT one of John Locke's 'natural rights?'

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

John Locke's theories and ideas played an important role in creating new governments, such as the American government. This quiz and worksheet will assess your knowledge of these theories.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The state of nature
  • Locke's natural rights
  • Locke's philosophy of government
  • When and how the Two Treatises of Government was published

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - show that you can draw the most important information about John Locke's theories from the lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply what you have learned about the Two Treatises of Government to examine power and government in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of the Two Treatises of Government to answer questions about Locke's ideas

Additional Learning

To learn more about John Locke's theories and beliefs, review the lesson on Two Treatises Of Government by Locke: Summary & Explanation. This lesson has the following objectives:

  • Explore who John Locke was
  • Examine in detail the Two Treatises of Government
  • Discuss Locke's ideas on power, governance, and reason
  • Understand Locke's thoughts on the monarchy
  • Analyze what Locke believed about absolute freedom