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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of the system used to prove the existence of God?
(a) Christian science.
(b) Theology.
(c) Metaphysics.
(d) Astrology.

2. What does Hume say takes precedence over ideas?
(a) Impressions.
(b) Passions.
(c) Reason.
(d) Words.

3. What system does Hume say is absurd?
(a) The English grammar system.
(b) The German grammar system.
(c) The chemistry point system.
(d) The mathematical points system.

4. What does Hume say is the only thing that can make uncaused choices?
(a) Mass society.
(b) There is nothing.
(c) The soul.
(d) Free will.

5. How does Hume define passions?
(a) Complex ideas of love and hate.
(b) Slow movements in your external world.
(c) Simple ideas evolving across time into simpler ones.
(d) Immediate sensations of your internal states.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Hume define productive passions?

2. From where does a human's substantive knowledge come?

3. What does Hume claim should not be arrived at instinctively?

4. How does Hume define demonstration?

5. Which French philosopher does Hume reference in this section?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Hume reject the idea of an immaterial soul?

2. Why does Hume think we love the rich and admire only people we know?

3. In what way does Hume say the mind can be dishonest?

4. What is contiguity within the context of cause and effect?

5. What argument did Malezieu propose in terms of space and time?

6. Why does Hume think it is pointless to wonder about the external world?

7. Why can only our imagination produce belief in external objects?

8. Why does Hume think that memory is stronger than imagination?

9. What is the razor principle?

10. What is the conventional view of cause and effect?

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