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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Locke define desire?
(a) The force that moves the world.
(b) The urgent need to merge with something outside the self.
(c) The projection of happiness on things outside the self.
(d) The need to return to a previous bliss.

2. According to Locke, the lack of what would make social life impossible?
(a) Manufacturing.
(b) Trade.
(c) Money.
(d) Communication.

3. Where does Locke say our ideas of morality come from?
(a) Gods and devils.
(b) Pleasure and pain.
(c) Science and superstition.
(d) Acts and punishments.

4. What are people who do not believe in free will called?
(a) Fatalists.
(b) Determinists.
(c) Ontologists.
(d) Relativists.

5. What abuse does Locke say is typical of scholars?
(a) Using poetic language.
(b) Using obscure words.
(c) Using technical language.
(d) Using foreign languages.

6. What does Locke say pleasure and pain are the foundation for?
(a) Culture.
(b) Good and evil.
(c) Language.
(d) God and religion.

7. What does Locke's discussion of number lead into a discussion of?
(a) Seeing points of view.
(b) Constructing simple modes.
(c) Constructing complex modes.
(d) Reflecting on numbers.

8. What idea does Locke say we use when we define a horse?
(a) The idea of God.
(b) The idea of animal.
(c) The idea of nature.
(d) The idea of human superiority.

9. Why does Locke say we cannot have an innate morality?
(a) Because innate ideas are impossible.
(b) Because instincts are not moral.
(c) Because he demonstrates that morality is not instinctual.
(d) Because there is no room in the genes.

10. Where does Locke say we see the origin of our idea of number?
(a) Grains of sand.
(b) Flocks of geese.
(c) Trees in a forest.
(d) Our bodies and minds.

11. What does Locke say is a philosopher's primary method, in Locke's account?
(a) Analysis.
(b) Debate.
(c) Experimentation.
(d) Reflection.

12. What modern movement did Locke prefigure in his arguments about philosophical language?
(a) Ontology.
(b) Deconstruction.
(c) Ordinary language philosophy.
(d) Relativists.

13. How does Locke define will?
(a) Letting fate make decisions.
(b) Acting in accord with one's preferences.
(c) Following one's impulses.
(d) Searching for one's temperament.

14. What do we have when a word can no longer be defined, according to Locke?
(a) The essence of an idea.
(b) Experience.
(c) Simple ideas.
(d) Visions.

15. What does Locke say is the purpose of language?
(a) Prayer.
(b) Diplomacy.
(c) Communication.
(d) Conflict resolution.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Locke use as a definition of active powers?

2. What does Locke say about the form of signs and words?

3. What happens to the man in the illustration?

4. What branch of philosophy derives from Locke's ideas about pain and pleasure?

5. In what way was Locke's perspective unique in the debate between free will and fate?

(see the answer keys)

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