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

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

3. What does Locke say is required for an idea to be innate?
(a) There can only be one explanation for it.
(b) No objections should exist to it.
(c) It must be believed by everyone.
(d) It cannot be arrived at through sensory means.

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

5. For whom does Locke say national principles are natural?
(a) Men.
(b) Children and idiost.
(c) Human beings.
(d) Grown men and women.

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

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

8. How does Locke define perception?
(a) Absolute.
(b) Syncretic.
(c) Passive.
(d) Synthetic.

9. What does Locke say is another word for retention?
(a) Wit.
(b) Ego.
(c) Memory.
(d) Intelligence.

10. What do we need to do with ideas over time, according to Locke?
(a) Renew them.
(b) Challenge them.
(c) Test them.
(d) Abandon them.

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

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

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

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are modes, according to Locke?

2. What does Locke say perception creates?

3. How are primary qualities different from secondary qualities?

4. How does Locke define simple ideas?

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

(see the answer keys)

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