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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 say about this standard for whether an idea is innate?

2. Which is NOT a method Locke describes for forming a complex idea?

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

4. How does Locke say ideas change over time?

5. What does Locke say about sensations that an infant feels in utero?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What example does Locke use of natural principles?

3. What arguments does Locke make against innate knowledge?

4. Describe the two kinds of ideas Locke describes.

5. How does Locke define abstraction?

6. How does Locke use the concept of number in his discussion of primary qualities?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

In what way has modern society changed our view of Locke's philosophy? Choose a technology or form of knowledge that forces us to reevaluate Locke's philosophy, and describe how Locke would incorporate or account for it.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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