1) What factors according to Smith influence the wealth of a nation?
2) How does Smith describe savage nations of hunters
and fishers, in contrast to civilized nations? Why does he think
the latter superior to the former?
3) Is there justification in Smith's view for anyone
consuming the produce of a hundred times more labor than someone
4) What according to Smith are the advantages of division
5) What differences between human beings and other
animals does Smith find interesting? Why?
6) What according to Smith is the foundation of human
cooperation and commerce?
7) How does the division of labor arise?
8) To what does Smith trace the differences in talents
and abilities that are found among human beings?
9) What does Smith mean by a commercial society?
10) How does Smith understand the origin and use of
11) Why does the whole produce of a laborer not belong
12) What sort of government or social structures does
Smith prefer, and why?
13) Explain what Smith means by an "invisible
hand"? Is this an appropriate metaphor for Smith's purpose?
14) What does Smith recommend to those who seek perfect
liberty and perfect justice?
15) What according to Smith are the duties of a sovereign?
What contrary view is he arguing against?
1) Compare and contrast Locke and Smith on the origin
money and private property and the justice of systems of private
2) What constitutes a good citizen for Smith? What
constitutes a good government?