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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 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 meditating on the things.
(d) By analyzing our ideas of those things.

2. Who is guilty of reification, according to Locke?
(a) Historians.
(b) Materialist philosophers.
(c) Metaphysical philosophers.
(d) Scientists.

3. Where does Locke say our idea of number comes from?
(a) Our idea of variety.
(b) Our idea of origins.
(c) Our idea of unity.
(d) Our idea of derivation.

4. What can we talk about once we begin to abstract?
(a) Essences of things.
(b) Things in general.
(c) The context for things.
(d) Particular things.

5. What defines a civil word, according to Locke?
(a) Words used in diplomacy.
(b) Words used in everyday communication.
(c) Words used in politics.
(d) Words used in court.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why don't most words refer to simple ideas, in Locke's account?

2. Where does Locke say our ideas of morality come from?

3. How does Locke describe pleasure and pain?

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

5. What happens to the man in the illustration?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Locke suggest philosophers curb the abuse of words?

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

3. What does Locke say is the only way to understand the properties of things?

4. What does Locke say words ultimately refer to?

5. What do we do when we define a word, in Locke's account?

6. What problem is Locke trying to address with his discussion of identity in consciousness and identity in body?

7. What is the debate between determinists and libertarians?

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

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

10. How do we arrive at the essence of an idea?

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