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

2. What modern movement did Locke prefigure in his arguments about philosophical language?
(a) Ordinary language philosophy.
(b) Relativists.
(c) Deconstruction.
(d) Ontology.

3. What defines a philosophical usage of a word, according to Locke?
(a) Generally accepted definitions.
(b) Technical uses in court.
(c) Highly specialized definitions.
(d) Essential, eternal meanings.

4. What do cause and effect derive from according to Locke?
(a) Cause and effect.
(b) Freedom and fate.
(c) Pain and pleasure.
(d) Good and evil.

5. What do we have when an abstract idea cannot be broken down?
(a) Distinct ideas.
(b) Detailed words.
(c) Simple ideas.
(d) Complex ideas.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where do pleasure and pain come from, according to Locke?

2. What is reification?

3. How does Locke describe pleasure and pain?

4. What would happen if words referred to particular things, in Locke's opinion?

5. How has God formed man, according to Locke?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is abstraction, according to Locke?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Locke say is the danger in man's freedom to use words however he likes?

9. What role does Locke attribute to God in forming man as a language-user?

10. What is the correspondence theory of truth?

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