Understanding the Importance of Grammar Law and Other Subjects in Testing

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Understanding the Importance of Grammar Law and Other Subjects in Testing


The goal of this problem is to provide an example in the critical thinking required for the SAT testing and perhaps other testing systems you may encounter through your adulthood from College Entrance and placement to the ASFAB. This question will require you to think carefully about its phrasing.

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John Locke (1632–1704) is among the most influential political philosophers of the modern period. In the Two Treatises of Government, he defended the claim that men are by nature free and equal against claims that God had made all people naturally subject to a monarch. He argued that people have rights, such as the right to life, liberty, and property, that have a foundation independent of the laws of any particular society. Locke used the claim that men are naturally free and equal as part of the justification for understanding legitimate political government as the result of a social contract where people in the state of nature conditionally transfer some of their rights to the government in order to better ensure the stable, comfortable enjoyment of their lives, liberty, and property. Since governments exist by the consent of the people in order to protect the rights of the people and promote the public good, governments that fail to do so can be resisted and replaced with new governments. Locke is thus also important for his defense of the right of revolution. Locke also defends the principle of majority rule and the separation of legislative and executive powers. In the Letter Concerning Toleration, Locke denied that coercion should be used to bring people to (what the ruler believes is) the true religion and also denied that churches should have any coercive power over their members. Locke elaborated on these themes in his later political writings, such as the Second Letter on Toleration and Third Letter on Toleration.

Define Three Key concepts put forward by Locke active in modern American Government.


The three obvious points are 1:Natural Law
2:Consent of the Governed
3. Separation of Church and State
These are complicated concepts wrangled with by the statesmen who founded our country and those who have manged its delicate system of checks and balances since. The goal with questions like this is to attend simply to what the writer has put forward without repetition of their words. By attending directly to what the original writer has put forward and keeping strictly to that with no additional interpretation is difficult for each writer in different manners. The most direct way forward is to identify Locke’s points from a critical perspective as difficult as it may seem. If you examine a critical thinking work from the view of a almost proofreading approach the same way you identify arguments and concepts in your work rather than being bogged down you are able to see Locke’s key thesis points and supports. Locke’s method of arguing or most any author is not different from what you or I use and accordingly can be deconstructed in the same manner to avoid being overwhelmed by the nature of the language.

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