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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. Which concept was beyond the sphere of Locke's inquiry?
(a) Why some beliefs are better than others.
(b) Why we should or should not believe certain things.
(c) What the mind is.
(d) Where our beliefs come from.

2. What does Locke argue against in Chapter 2 of Book I?
(a) The idea of original sin.
(b) The idea of innate knowledge.
(c) The idea of cultural relativism.
(d) The idea of transubstantiation.

3. What did Locke study first?
(a) The weight of understanding.
(b) The mechanisms for measuring understanding.
(c) The origins of understanding.
(d) Differences in animal and human understanding.

4. What does Locke say about the knowledge of how property rules should be established?
(a) It must be learned.
(b) It must be established anew each generation.
(c) It should be scientifically evaluated.
(d) It must be doubted.

5. How does Locke use garlic to illustrate his argument about the qualities of things?
(a) Garlic has cleaning properties in addition to nutritional uses.
(b) Garlic has many different stages of development.
(c) The taste is different if it is cooked.
(d) Different cultures use it for different things.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Locke say about the difference between reflection and sensation?

2. What qualities does Locke say things have?

3. Which is NOT a method Locke describes for forming a complex idea?

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

5. What standard would an idea have to meet to be considered innate?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Locke define retention?

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

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

4. In what way is knowledge limited, according to Locke?

5. How does Locke define discerning?

6. How does Locke define the faculty of perception?

7. What arguments does Locke make against innate knowledge?

8. Describe the two kinds of ideas Locke describes.

9. How does Locke define practical principles?

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

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