Short biography on John Locke, focusing on his Two Treatises of Government. Believing that man was born with a "blank slate" (tabula rasa) and was essentially good by nature, Locke argued that the only true governments were those who ruled with the consent of the people. Should government abuse its authority, Locke offered, people were obligated to overthrow it.
Included are a series of questions based on the biography.
This biography, combined with others on Niccolo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, and Charles de Montesquieu, is an excellent resource for comparing different theories of government.
You might also consider a bundled unit I have uploaded. This unit includes a PowerPoint and graphic organizer, biographies on the philosophers discussed (with the exception of Jean-Jacques Rousseau), and two types of assessments. Simply visit my store and search for "Mini Unit: Theories of Government."
Biography: John Locke by Brian Hook is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.