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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 perception creates?
(a) Ideas.
(b) Experiences.
(c) Symbols.
(d) Language.

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

3. What does Locke say the mind is before it has experiences?
(a) A power keg.
(b) A set of dispositions.
(c) A history of turmoil.
(d) A white piece of paper.

4. How does Locke describe the work principles do?
(a) They determine laws.
(b) They define morals.
(c) They capture experiences.
(d) They guide actions.

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

6. Which predecessor is Locke attacking with his discussion of understanding?
(a) Descartes.
(b) Leibniz.
(c) Milton.
(d) Erasmus.

7. What is substance, according to Locke?
(a) The history of a thing.
(b) Separation between things.
(c) The abstraction of a thing.
(d) The essence of a thing.

8. What does Locke show about the ideas people claim are innate?
(a) That they are determined by cultural forces.
(b) That they are questionable.
(c) That not everyone believes them.
(d) That they are culturally relative.

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

10. What does Locke describe the mind as?
(a) A blank slate.
(b) A cultural storehouse.
(c) A library.
(d) A battlefield.

11. What does Locke argue against in Chapter 2 of Book I?
(a) The idea of original sin.
(b) The idea of innate knowledge.
(c) The idea of cultural relativism.
(d) The idea of transubstantiation.

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

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

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

15. What example does Locke use for an idea that is innate?
(a) The idea that God is infallible.
(b) The idea that man arose from apes through slow changes.
(c) The idea that the earth is the center of the universe.
(d) The idea that things cannot simultaneously be and not be.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Locke study first?

2. Where does understanding originate, according to Locke?

3. Where do ideas come from, according to Locke?

4. How does Locke say ideas change over time?

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

(see the answer keys)

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