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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What consequence does Locke describe if there were individual words for each thing?
(a) Knowledge would be impeded.
(b) Trade would be impossible.
(c) Economies would remain simple.
(d) Politics would be chaotic.

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

3. How does Locke describe pleasure and pain?
(a) Chaotic.
(b) Unstructured.
(c) Clear and powerful.
(d) Unintelligible.

4. Where do pleasure and pain come from, according to Locke?
(a) History.
(b) Sensation.
(c) God.
(d) The mind.

5. What does Locke say God gave man in order to fulfill his purpose?
(a) Technology.
(b) Words.
(c) Weapons.
(d) Images.

6. What are all words generated by, in Locke's account?
(a) Feelings.
(b) Chaos.
(c) Experiences.
(d) Ideas.

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

8. How does Locke define love?
(a) Mingling pleasure and pain.
(b) Seeking pleasure.
(c) Aspiring to improve oneself.
(d) Reflecting on something that causes delight.

9. How does Locke resolve the contradiction between people who believe in free will and people who do not?
(a) He says that determinism is determined in free choices in every moment.
(b) He says that people have a choice whether to follow their wills.
(c) He says that there is indeterminism on a sub-atomic level, that allows for free choice.
(d) He says that the world has choices, even if people do not.

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

11. How does Locke define passive powers?
(a) They have no internal direction.
(b) They are the inertia of things.
(c) They only exist when more than two things come into contact.
(d) They are essential to the things themselves.

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

13. In what way was Locke's perspective unique in the debate between free will and fate?
(a) He proposed different ways to tempt fate.
(b) He demonstrated the inevitability of free choice.
(c) He advocated experiments in free will.
(d) He proposed a third position.

14. What do cause and effect derive from according to Locke?
(a) Freedom and fate.
(b) Good and evil.
(c) Cause and effect.
(d) Pain and pleasure.

15. Why don't most words refer to simple ideas, in Locke's account?
(a) Locke says that simple ideas are too pervasive.
(b) Locke says that there is too little room for interpretation in simple ideas.
(c) Locke says that most words are general.
(d) Locke says that most simple ideas are too unspecific.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Locke, the lack of what would make social life impossible?

2. What does Locke say is ultimately grounded in pleasure and pain?

3. Which school of philosophy divided essences into real and nominal?

4. What can we talk about once we begin to abstract?

5. Who is guilty of reification, according to Locke?

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