Eng. 100, sum. 67 M. Bishara, Spr. ‘97 Adapted A. Elshimi, Spr. ‘98 Directions: You have half an hour to read and summarize the following passage. The number of words in the passage is indicated in brackets, at the end of the passage. Your summary should be approximately one third the length of the original text. The Law* In a political sense, law is the body of rules made by government for society, interpreted by the courts, and backed by the power of the state. While this is a simple, dictionary-type definition, there are conflicting theories of law and little agreement on how it should be defined. If law were limited to what can be established and enforced by the state, then Louis XIV would have been correct in saying, "It is legal because I wish it." The men who founded the American nation were influenced by another tradition, rooted in the principle of natural rights. This tradition of natural rights was used by the American revolutionaries of 1776 to justify their revolt against England and, more recently, by
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