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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Locke show about the ideas people claim are innate?

2. How does Locke describe the work principles do?

3. How does Locke describe reflection?

4. What does Locke say perception creates?

5. What does Locke argue against in Chapter 2 of Book I?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is duration developed from simple ideas, according to Locke?

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

3. How does Locke define abstraction?

4. What does Locke say happens if two people have the same idea about a thing?

5. In what way is knowledge limited, according to Locke?

6. What does Locke mean when he says that the mind is a blank slate?

7. Describe the two kinds of ideas Locke describes.

8. What arguments does Locke make against innate knowledge?

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

10. What is the difference between natural principles and innate principles?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How Christian is Locke's philosophy? In what specifics is it Christian, and in what ways does it have allegiances to other forms of religion? Is the ability of the individual to seek his own happiness a substitute for religion in Locke's philosophy? How does Locke's philosophy perform the central task of Christianity, namely of letting people transcend the physical plane, where death exists, and live another eternal life beyond life?

Essay Topic 2

What was the historical effect of Locke's philosophy? What preceded it, and what proceeded from it? What historical development can Locke's work be seen as a part of? Describe his place in that development.

Essay Topic 3

Which was more important in Locke's "Essay Concerning Human Understanding," the actual terminology Locke uses for breaking knowledge down into parts, or the concept that epistemology liberates people from the concepts of instinctual knowledge of concepts like right and wrong?

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