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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What are modes, according to Locke?
(a) Halves of a paradox.
(b) Methods of describing things.
(c) Opposites.
(d) Combinations of substances.

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

3. Where does Locke say ideas come from?
(a) Collective unconscious.
(b) Experience.
(c) Senses.
(d) Memory.

4. How does Locke define 'idea'?
(a) The purpose of understanding.
(b) The result of understanding.
(c) The object of understanding.
(d) The source of understanding.

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

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

7. How would you characterize Locke's description of knowledge in his introduction?
(a) Idealist.
(b) Pragmatic.
(c) Absolutist.
(d) Relativist.

8. What does Locke say was the second thing he wanted to study?
(a) How the spirit reacts to knowledge.
(b) How we form beliefs.
(c) How we know things.
(d) How the body registers knowledge.

9. What does Locke say about the difference between reflection and sensation?
(a) Reflection works first.
(b) Sensation provides material for reflection.
(c) They are mutually exclusive.
(d) They are not totally different.

10. What idea does NOT come from sensation, according to Locke?
(a) Taste.
(b) Language.
(c) Color.
(d) Sound.

11. What does Locke say retention allows us to do?
(a) Evaluate ideas.
(b) Forget ideas.
(c) Store ideas.
(d) Organize ideas.

12. How does Locke describe reflection?
(a) As the engine for language.
(b) As the mind's sensation of itself.
(c) As the patterns sense experiences make.
(d) As the history of sense experiences.

13. How does Locke say the concept of innate knowledge ultimately fails?
(a) Knowledge can only be known through language and symbols.
(b) People have different ideas of the terms in any proposition.
(c) Even instincts require reinforcement.
(d) The genes cannot be made to demonstrate the origins of knowledge.

14. Which is NOT a category of complex ideas, according to Locke?
(a) Modes.
(b) Substances.
(c) Styles.
(d) Relations.

15. What does reflection create ideas out of?
(a) Sensation.
(b) Language itself.
(c) History.
(d) The mind's own operations.

Short Answer Questions

1. What limitation does Locke describe in human faculties?

2. What example does Locke use for an idea that is innate?

3. How does Locke characterize perception?

4. What does Locke argue against in Chapter 2 of Book I?

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

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