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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 is NOT a category of complex ideas, according to Locke?
(a) Relations.
(b) Substances.
(c) Styles.
(d) Modes.

2. How does Locke describe reflection?
(a) As the history of sense experiences.
(b) As the engine for language.
(c) As the patterns sense experiences make.
(d) As the mind's sensation of itself.

3. What does Locke say the mind is before it has experiences?
(a) A set of dispositions.
(b) A history of turmoil.
(c) A power keg.
(d) A white piece of paper.

4. Where does Locke say ideas come from?
(a) Memory.
(b) Collective unconscious.
(c) Senses.
(d) Experience.

5. What qualities does Locke say things have?
(a) Essential and contingent.
(b) Simple and complex.
(c) Practical and symbolic.
(d) Primary and secondary.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Locke handle the notion that knowledge begins in doubt?

2. How does Locke say the concept of innate knowledge ultimately fails?

3. How does Locke define simple ideas?

4. What does Locke say we do with ideas?

5. Where does Locke say ideas come from?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Locke define discerning?

2. Describe the two kinds of ideas Locke describes.

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

4. What example does Locke use of natural principles?

5. What does Locke say about the innateness of moral principles?

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

7. How does Locke define retention?

8. What arguments does Locke make against innate knowledge?

9. What does Locke set out to do in Book II?

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

(see the answer keys)

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