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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 describe the mind as?

2. What quality does Locke say innate principles lack?

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

4. What does Locke claim separates mankind from all other creatures on earth?

5. What does Locke say about this standard for whether an idea is innate?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What arguments does Locke make against innate knowledge?

3. How does Locke define retention?

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

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

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

7. What is the difference between sensation and reflection, in Locke's account?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using Locke's methodology, create a definition for an abstract word like esteem, or respect, or revenge or justice. (What other methods can you use? Which method is better?--i.e. more precise, or more effective?)

Essay Topic 2

To what degree is this book internally consistent? How much does it follow the rules it lays out?

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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