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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Locke say justifies moral principles?
(a) Innate knowledge.
(b) Reasons.
(c) Politics.
(d) Mysteries.

2. Who proposed the notion that knowledge begins in doubt?
(a) Descartes.
(b) Aristotle.
(c) Plotinus.
(d) Plato.

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

4. What does Locke use an example to illustrate mode?
(a) Water.
(b) Space.
(c) Science.
(d) Time.

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

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

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

8. What does Locke say about sensations that an infant feels in utero?
(a) They are the basis of innate knowledge.
(b) They form the instincts.
(c) They must be un-learned.
(d) They do not constitute innate knowledge.

9. How does Locke use garlic to illustrate his argument about the qualities of things?
(a) Different cultures use it for different things.
(b) The taste is different if it is cooked.
(c) Garlic has cleaning properties in addition to nutritional uses.
(d) Garlic has many different stages of development.

10. What does Locke say we do with ideas?
(a) Aspire to them.
(b) Eat and digest them.
(c) Name and organize them.
(d) Doubt and hate.

11. What does Locke claim separates mankind from all other creatures on earth?
(a) Language.
(b) Compassion.
(c) Understanding.
(d) Envy.

12. What claim is Locke attacking in "Essay Concerning Human Understanding"?
(a) The claim that people can introspect into understanding.
(b) The claim to use pure reason in thinking.
(c) The claim that people know the world solely through the senses.
(d) The claim that people can merge compassion and reason.

13. What consequence does the fact that knowledge is limited have on our knowledge, according to Locke?
(a) It limits the fields in which we can know anything.
(b) It obligates people to constant conversation.
(c) It means that man has to devise better tools for experimenting.
(d) It does not invalidate it.

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is substance, according to Locke?

2. What does Locke say must be learned along with ideas?

3. To what does Locke attribute the ability to create technology and to organize our environment?

4. How would you characterize Locke's description of knowledge in his introduction?

5. Where does Locke say ideas come from?

(see the answer keys)

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