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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where do primary qualities originate, according to Locke?
(a) Interactions.
(b) Things themselves.
(c) Experiences.
(d) They do not originate.

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

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

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

5. What does Locke say is his purpose in "Essay Concerning Human Understanding"?
(a) To reconcile the tension between modes of understanding.
(b) To pin down the mystical origins of understanding.
(c) To define a unified theory of understanding.
(d) To break understanding into its parts.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who proposed the notion that knowledge begins in doubt?

2. What does Locke claim separates mankind from all other creatures on earth?

3. Where do secondary qualities originate, according to Locke?

4. What does Locke say was the second thing he wanted to study?

5. What claim is Locke attacking in "Essay Concerning Human Understanding"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Locke define the faculty of perception?

2. How does Locke say ideas come to us?

3. Describe the two kinds of ideas Locke describes.

4. How does Locke define discerning?

5. How does Locke define abstraction?

6. What is the difference between sensation and reflection, in Locke's account?

7. What does Locke mean when he says that the mind is a blank slate?

8. What example does Locke use of natural principles?

9. What arguments does Locke make against innate knowledge?

10. Describe Locke's account of the primary and secondary qualities of things.

(see the answer keys)

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