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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 qualities does Locke say things have?
(a) Practical and symbolic.
(b) Essential and contingent.
(c) Simple and complex.
(d) Primary and secondary.

2. What does Locke say about this standard for whether an idea is innate?
(a) He says that it is a kettle of fish.
(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 too high a hurdle to pass.

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

4. Composition is the ability to do what, according to Locke?
(a) Replace ideas with other ideas.
(b) Use ideas for practical purposes.
(c) Combine ideas.
(d) Invent new ideas.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Locke say the mind is before it has experiences?

2. What does Locke say perception creates?

3. Which is NOT a category of complex ideas, according to Locke?

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

5. How does Locke define simple ideas?

(see the answer key)

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