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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. To whom does Hume say he should leave the study to productive passions?
(a) School teachers.
(b) Scientists.
(c) Scholars.
(d) Theologists.

2. What does Hume say would happen if you denied the existence of the 19th man of a group of twenty?
(a) None of the men in the group would exist.
(b) There would be much immoral behavior.
(c) People would fall in love.
(d) The twentieth man would not exist.

3. Which of the following was also a British empiricist?
(a) John Locke.
(b) Peter Connor.
(c) Samuel Goodwin.
(d) Earl Tennant.

4. What does Hume say is stronger than imagination?
(a) Memory.
(b) Love.
(c) Passions.
(d) Reality.

5. Why can pride and humility not be reduced to other passions?
(a) They are fundamental features of the human mind.
(b) They are solid features of our lives.
(c) They are a simple impression.
(d) They are too complex to be be separated.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the title of Book Two, Part One?

2. What is Hume's third tool of philosophical inquiry?

3. Which of the following passions does Hume call an emotion?

4. Which is the following is the best definition of the razor principle?

5. Which of the following best defines empiricism?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the difference between responsive and productive passions?

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

4. In terms of philosophy what is empiricism?

5. What is the microscope principle?

6. What does Hume say are simple perceptions?

7. What does Hume think are the two ways objects can exist?

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

9. How does Hume claim the mind perceives time?

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

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