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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. How does Locke use walnuts to illustrate the qualities of things?
(a) Walnuts are seeds for trees but food for animals.
(b) Crushed walnuts will look different than whole walnuts.
(c) Walnuts look different than grown walnut trees.
(d) Walnuts are different at different stages of their development.

2. How does Locke say the concept of innate knowledge ultimately fails?
(a) The genes cannot be made to demonstrate the origins of knowledge.
(b) People have different ideas of the terms in any proposition.
(c) Even instincts require reinforcement.
(d) Knowledge can only be known through language and symbols.

3. What is the contemporary name for Locke's field of inquiry?
(a) Ontology.
(b) Epistemology.
(c) Existentialism.
(d) Comparative religion.

4. 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.

5. What consequence does the fact that knowledge is limited have on our knowledge, according to Locke?
(a) It obligates people to constant conversation.
(b) It means that man has to devise better tools for experimenting.
(c) It does not invalidate it.
(d) It limits the fields in which we can know anything.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Locke say is required for an idea to be innate?

2. Which predecessor is Locke attacking with his discussion of understanding?

3. What qualities does Locke say things have?

4. Composition is the ability to do what, according to Locke?

5. Which is NOT a category of complex ideas, according to Locke?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Locke say happens if two people have the same idea about a thing?

2. What aspect of knowledge does Locke exclude from "Essay Concerning Human Understanding"?

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

4. How is duration developed from simple ideas, according to Locke?

5. What arguments does Locke make against Descartes' philosophy?

6. Describe the two kinds of ideas Locke describes.

7. How does Locke define retention?

8. How does Locke say ideas come to us?

9. What example does Locke use of natural principles?

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

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