Political Science 1001
Review Questions for Examination #1
What is the principle of subjectivity?
Consciousness of self and others.
What is political consciousness?
Self-conscious, deliberate search for a rational
and moral order.
How and why does the principle of subjectivity lead to estrangement?
We lose a sense
of belonging and security that the tribe gave us.
What are the two species of political being?
What is the political significance of consciousness of self?
We ask what is owed to
us, what are our rights.
What is the political significance of consciousness of others?
What do we owe
others? Consciousness of self means also a consciousness of others as selves.
What are the characteristics of tribal societies?
Tribe, kinship, sacred, village,
What are the characteristics of individuated societies?
Consciousness of self, reason
and law, secular, association, modern, cities.
What are the characteristics of the modern nation?
How is it tribal?
Group of people
who share a common culture based on ethnicity, religion, linguistics, race; conscious
of that culture.
10. What are the characteristics of the modern state? How is it individuated?
People in a
territory with a government that possesses sovereignty. The state is a rational and
11. What are the strengths and weaknesses of tribal societies?
12. What are the strengths and weaknesses of individuated political societies?
13. What was the Theater of Dionysus?
Theater that held Greek tragedies during a
festival honoring Dionysus.
14. What kinds of questions do Greek tragedies raise?
-What is the nature of Justice? -
What is the place of women in Greek society? -Freedom and how it relates to
necessity or fate (Freedom vs. Fate) -Reasons and/or justifications for war -Violence/
Hubris -Friendship and Betrayal of Trust -Perversion of Language and Corruption
of Morality -Question Social Coherence
15. What is hubris?
16. What is the significance of the setting of The Euminides?
Reconciliations were held
in holy places. Temples of Apollo and Athena.
17. What are the characteristics of Aeschylean tragedy?
Second actor, divine justice,
costumes, experiments with chorus, and beauty of language.
18. Identify the following:
Aegisthus, Agamemnon, Menelaus, Helen, Clytemnestra,
Orestes, Pylades, Iphigenia, and Cassandra?
Helen is the wife of Menelaus and the one
who was seduced by Paris. That started the war with Troy. She was not sacrificed.
Aegisthus is the sole surviving son of the famous feast of general. He becomes
Clytaemnestra's lover and pretender to the throne.
19. Who are the matriarchal gods in the Oresteia?