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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. Which of the following best describes Hume's idea of a definition?
(a) Something that comes from the universal truth.
(b) Something we have been told as children and have grown to believe.
(c) Something that is trivially true.
(d) Something that is formed from our own ideas.

2. What does Hume believe humans generate instead of observing causes?
(a) Sympathy about causes.
(b) Judgements about causes.
(c) Morals about causes.
(d) Beliefs about causes.

3. What does Hume say he will use to discuss passion instead of physiology?
(a) Experience.
(b) Foreshadowing.
(c) Psychology.
(d) Symbolism.

4. Into what does Hume divide knowledge?
(a) Definitions and observations.
(b) Passions and reason.
(c) Pride and prejudice.
(d) Vice and virtue.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Hume say that neither ideas nor impressions are infinitely divisible?

2. What two things does Hume say can't produce beliefs?

3. What does Hume say is the only thing senses give us?

4. Hume say the human mind resolves itself into what distinct kinds ?

5. From where does Hume say facts come?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hume define malice, envy and respect?

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

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

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

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

6. In which two senses is the word relation commonly used?

7. Define skepticism.

8. What is the difference between reflexion and sensation impressions?

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

10. What is the microscope principle?

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