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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 is the contemporary name for Locke's field of inquiry?

2. Where does Locke say ideas come from?

3. What limitation does Locke describe in human faculties?

4. How are primary qualities different from secondary qualities?

5. What qualities does Locke say things have?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Locke say about the innateness of moral principles?

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

4. What example does Locke use of natural principles?

5. What aspect of knowledge does Locke exclude from "Essay Concerning Human Understanding"?

6. Describe Locke's account of the primary and secondary qualities of things.

7. What arguments does Locke make against Descartes' philosophy?

8. What does Locke say about sensations experienced in the womb?

9. How does Locke say ideas come to us?

10. How does Locke define retention?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Locke's definition of experience and language is based solely on individual experience--but what is the role of the family in promoting certain knowledge and restricting or prohibiting other kinds of knowledge? Does Locke account for teachers and parents in his arguments about knowledge and experience?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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