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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book II, Chapters 1-15.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What limitation does Locke describe in human faculties?
(a) Compassion is removed from understanding.
(b) Envy is bound to the passions.
(c) Reason is closed to direct perception.
(d) Language is never more than self-referential.

2. Where do secondary qualities originate, according to Locke?
(a) In the universe.
(b) Interactions.
(c) Things themselves.
(d) Historical narratives.

3. How are primary qualities different from secondary qualities?
(a) Primary qualities are the unification of all the secondary qualities.
(b) Primary qualities will not change.
(c) Secondary qualities depend on something innate about the thing.
(d) Secondary qualities will not change.

4. What standard would an idea have to meet to be considered innate?
(a) It would be secret and unspoken.
(b) No one would be able to capture or limit it.
(c) It would have to be approved by a majority.
(d) Everyone would have to believe it.

5. How does Locke say ideas change over time?
(a) They ossify.
(b) They degrade.
(c) They solidify.
(d) They loosen up.

Short Answer Questions

1. What consequence does the fact that knowledge is limited have on our knowledge, according to Locke?

2. What does Locke say about this standard for whether an idea is innate?

3. What does Locke say is another word for retention?

4. What happens to a particular idea when you practice abstraction?

5. What does Locke say retention allows us to do?

(see the answer key)

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