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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 does Locke say ideas come from?
(a) God.
(b) Experience.
(c) Senses.
(d) Inspiration.

2. What does Locke say number indicate about a thing?
(a) That it has the ability to replicate itself.
(b) That it cannot be split without being a different thing.
(c) That it takes on a different shape in the aggregate.
(d) How frequently it occurs.

3. How does Locke define perception?
(a) Synthetic.
(b) Passive.
(c) Syncretic.
(d) Absolute.

4. Where does understanding originate, according to Locke?
(a) The senses.
(b) The genes.
(c) God.
(d) The collective unconscious.

5. What claim is Locke attacking in "Essay Concerning Human Understanding"?
(a) The claim that people can introspect into understanding.
(b) The claim to use pure reason in thinking.
(c) The claim that people can merge compassion and reason.
(d) The claim that people know the world solely through the senses.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Locke show about the ideas people claim are innate?

2. What does Locke say the mind is before it has experiences?

3. What example does Locke use for an idea that is innate?

4. What idea does NOT come from sensation, according to Locke?

5. What does Locke use an example to illustrate mode?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What benefits do humans receive from understanding, according to Locke?

3. How does Locke define discerning?

4. What is the difference between natural principles and innate principles?

5. How does Locke define retention?

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

7. Describe the two kinds of ideas Locke describes.

8. In what way is understanding limited, according to Locke?

9. How does Locke say ideas come to us?

10. How does Locke use the concept of number in his discussion of primary qualities?

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