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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book I.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What example does Locke use for an idea that is innate?
(a) The idea that things cannot simultaneously be and not be.
(b) The idea that the earth is the center of the universe.
(c) The idea that man arose from apes through slow changes.
(d) The idea that God is infallible.

2. Where does understanding originate, according to Locke?
(a) God.
(b) The collective unconscious.
(c) The senses.
(d) The genes.

3. Where do ideas come from, according to Locke?
(a) Sense experiences.
(b) Genes.
(c) The mind itself.
(d) History.

4. What does Locke say about this standard for whether an idea is innate?
(a) He says that it is too high a hurdle to pass.
(b) He says that it is too wide a net.
(c) He says it is a bird of a different color.
(d) He says that it is a kettle of fish.

5. What is the contemporary name for Locke's field of inquiry?
(a) Epistemology.
(b) Existentialism.
(c) Comparative religion.
(d) Ontology.

Short Answer Questions

1. What limitation does Locke describe in human faculties?

2. How does Locke try to look at understanding?

3. How does Locke handle the notion that knowledge begins in doubt?

4. What does Locke show about the ideas people claim are innate?

5. What standard would an idea have to meet to be considered innate?

(see the answer key)

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