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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. What does Locke say the increase of our intellectual powers follows?
(a) Standardization of terminology.
(b) Expansion of vocabulary.
(c) Simplification of ideas.
(d) Abstraction of ideas.

2. How can we understand the properties of things, according to Locke?
(a) By performing experiments on the things.
(b) By breaking things into their constituent parts.
(c) By analyzing our ideas of those things.
(d) By meditating on the things.

3. What does Locke say God gave man in order to fulfill his purpose?
(a) Images.
(b) Weapons.
(c) Words.
(d) Technology.

4. What does Locke's illustration show?
(a) That fate wears a human face.
(b) That a man can be clear in will but unfree in action.
(c) That a man can be deceived about his relation with other men.
(d) That hell is other people.

5. What happens when you strip away all the details of a thing, in Locke's account?
(a) You possess the thing as an idea.
(b) You know the design of the thing.
(c) You cease to see the thing.
(d) You have the category of the thing.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Locke say we cannot have an innate morality?

2. What does Locke use to illustrate the difference between freedom and fate?

3. What do we have when an abstract idea cannot be broken down?

4. How does Locke define the essence of a thing?

5. Which school of philosophy divided essences into real and nominal?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Locke say is guilty of these abuses?

2. How does Locke define power, in "Essay Concerning Human Understanding"?

3. How is love like memory, in Locke's account?

4. Why are most words general, according to Locke?

5. Where does Locke say our conception of 'number' comes from?

6. How does Locke define words?

7. Where do the notions of good and evil come from, in Locke's opinion?

8. How does Locke resolve the debate between determinists and libertarians?

9. What is the difference between love and desire, according to Locke?

10. What does Locke say is the difference between a free will and a free agent?

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