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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Locke use walnuts to illustrate the qualities of things?
(a) Walnuts are different at different stages of their development.
(b) Walnuts look different than grown walnut trees.
(c) Walnuts are seeds for trees but food for animals.
(d) Crushed walnuts will look different than whole walnuts.

2. How does Locke describe experience?
(a) The only foundation for knowledge.
(b) The least important component in knowledge.
(c) The consequence of knowledge.
(d) One of the ingredients of knowledge.

3. How does Locke characterize perception?
(a) Self-aware.
(b) Basic.
(c) Incomplete.
(d) Complex.

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

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

6. How does Locke handle the notion that knowledge begins in doubt?
(a) Locke says that understanding is divine and God is up to the job of inquiry.
(b) Locke says that doubt is the eternal enemy of knowledge.
(c) Locke says that doubt is for science, not philosophy.
(d) Locke says that certain things are known a priori.

7. What does Locke say perception creates?
(a) Symbols.
(b) Language.
(c) Ideas.
(d) Experiences.

8. What does Locke describe in Book II?
(a) How understanding uses ideas.
(b) What the mind is.
(c) Whether ideas are innate.
(d) Whether ideas are moral.

9. How does Locke define complex ideas?
(a) The field of experience that inspires ideas.
(b) Simple ideas that vary based on definitions.
(c) Unresolved ideas out of which simple ideas come.
(d) Combinations of simple ideas.

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

11. What quality does Locke say innate principles lack?
(a) Translatability.
(b) Variability.
(c) Presentability.
(d) Universal consent.

12. Where do primary qualities originate, according to Locke?
(a) They do not originate.
(b) Things themselves.
(c) Interactions.
(d) Experiences.

13. Abstraction is the ability to do what, according to Locke?
(a) Contradict an idea.
(b) See a concept in a sense experience.
(c) Deduce a meaning from a category.
(d) Turn an idea into a representative.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What claim is Locke attacking in "Essay Concerning Human Understanding"?

2. What did Locke study first?

3. Discerning is the ability to do what, according to Locke?

4. Whose understanding measures whether an idea is innate, according to Locke?

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

(see the answer keys)

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