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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) Simplification of ideas.
(b) Abstraction of ideas.
(c) Expansion of vocabulary.
(d) Standardization of terminology.

2. What is a power, according to Locke?
(a) Something that moves things in natural cycles.
(b) Something that acts as fate for people.
(c) Something that can make a change in the world.
(d) Something that liberates people from fate.

3. What does Locke say liberty is aimed at?
(a) Pursuit of profit.
(b) Relief of suffering.
(c) Pursuit of happiness.
(d) Compassion for others.

4. In what way was Locke's perspective unique in the debate between free will and fate?
(a) He advocated experiments in free will.
(b) He proposed a third position.
(c) He demonstrated the inevitability of free choice.
(d) He proposed different ways to tempt fate.

5. Why does Locke say we cannot have an innate morality?
(a) Because instincts are not moral.
(b) Because there is no room in the genes.
(c) Because he demonstrates that morality is not instinctual.
(d) Because innate ideas are impossible.

Short Answer Questions

1. How can we understand the properties of things, according to Locke?

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

3. What are people who believe in human freedom called?

4. What does Locke say is a philosopher's primary method, in Locke's account?

5. What defines a civil word, according to Locke?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the debate between determinists and libertarians?

4. What is the correspondence theory of truth?

5. Give an example of active powers.

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

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

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

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

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

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