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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. How does Locke define the difference between freedom and will?

2. Why does Locke say we cannot have an innate morality?

3. What does Locke use to illustrate the difference between freedom and fate?

4. What is the effect of a passive power?

5. What happens to love over time, according to Locke?

Short Essay Questions

1. Give an example of active powers.

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

3. How does Locke suggest philosophers curb the abuse of words?

4. What are three ways in which people abuse words, in Locke's account?

5. How do we arrive at the essence of an idea?

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

7. What role does Locke attribute to God in forming man as a language-user?

8. What do we do when we define a word, in Locke's account?

9. How does Locke define words?

10. How does Locke define power, in "Essay Concerning Human Understanding"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a character sketch of the author based on his style and content. What values does he hold dear? What are his hopes and fears? What kind of person do you think he is? Anchor your sketch in passages in the book.

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

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

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