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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Locke say people should use language?
(a) In ways that express personality.
(b) In ways that lead to interesting visions.
(c) In ways that undermine received truths.
(d) In ways that can be understood.

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

3. What happens to love over time, according to Locke?
(a) Unlike other ideas, it remains constant if it is true.
(b) It creates freedom.
(c) Like other ideas, it fades unless it is renewed.
(d) It leads to marriage and commitment in acts.

4. 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.

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

6. What does Locke say words refer to?
(a) Experiences of pleasure and pain.
(b) Inner ideas.
(c) Plants and animals.
(d) Things in the world.

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

8. What is the philosopher's most important job, according to Locke?
(a) Demolish opponents' arguments.
(b) Recall the steps by which truth was arrived at.
(c) Clarify meanings of terms.
(d) Arrive at truth.

9. How has God formed man, according to Locke?
(a) To be warlike.
(b) To be sociable.
(c) To be devout.
(d) To be self-seeking.

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

11. What is it that contributed to the pervasiveness of language, in Locke's account?
(a) The simplicity of grammar.
(b) The use of general terms.
(c) Legal disputes.
(d) Dictionaries.

12. How does Locke define truth in an idea?
(a) An idea corresponds to the world.
(b) The truth is self-evident.
(c) Educated people can see the truth.
(d) Proof can be shown mathematically.

13. What does Locke use as a definition of active powers?
(a) Heat.
(b) Luck.
(c) Will or volition.
(d) Gravity.

14. What is the effect of a passive power?
(a) Determinism.
(b) Freedom.
(c) Transformation of matter.
(d) Movement of matter.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What are all words generated by, in Locke's account?

2. What happens to the man in the illustration?

3. What defines a philosophical usage of a word, according to Locke?

4. What does Locke say we about words that cannot be defined any further?

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

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