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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why was Kant's system revolutionary?
(a) It asserted the existence of analytic a posteriori truths.
(b) It asserted the existence of analytic a priori truths.
(c) It asserted the existence of synthetic a priori truths.
(d) It asserted the existence of synthetic a posteriori truths.

2. How old was Kant when "Critique of Pure Reason" was published?
(a) 57.
(b) 45.
(c) 32.
(d) 26.

3. What was Kant's fundamental question of metaphysics?
(a) How the self can be conscious.
(b) How existence is possible.
(c) How analytic a priori knowledge is possible.
(d) How synthetic a priori knowledge is possible.

4. For Kant to have had any possibility of objective knowledge, what must have been true?
(a) Phenomena and substance must have been casually related.
(b) Phenomena and properties must have been casually related.
(c) Phenomena and noumena must have been casually related.
(d) Phenomena and noumena must have been closely related.

5. Which of the following is true about Kant's time in school?
(a) He enjoyed talking to the teachers.
(b) He hated learning, but his teachers encouraged him.
(c) He enjoyed spending time with his peers.
(d) He hated his time in school.

6. What did Kant's subjective argument concern?
(a) Proving that the self is a property.
(b) Explaining the proof that the self exists.
(c) Proving that the self is a substance.
(d) Explaining the faculties of understanding the self.

7. What type of truth is "Fido has brown spots"?
(a) Synthetic.
(b) Analytic.
(c) A posteriori.
(d) A priori.

8. Which of the following did Kant establish?
(a) Reality is a small aspect of perception.
(b) Perception is related to the world.
(c) The self is simply a perception.
(d) Perception is irrelevant to philosophy.

9. What type of truth is something that is known only as the result of some experience?
(a) Analytic.
(b) A posteriori.
(c) Synthetic.
(d) A priori.

10. Which of the following would have best described Kant?
(a) Uncreative.
(b) Annoying.
(c) Strict.
(d) Eccentric.

11. Which of the following truths is considered to be more substantive?
(a) Synthetic.
(b) Rational.
(c) Irrational.
(d) Analytic.

12. Who did Kant borrow the term 'apperception' from?
(a) Hume.
(b) Aristotle.
(c) Descartes.
(d) Leibniz.

13. What type of perception does 'apperception' refer to?
(a) Perception of a group of people.
(b) Perception of a property.
(c) Perception of the self.
(d) Perception of a substance.

14. What was a result of "Critique of Reason" being difficult to read?
(a) Kant released a supplemental work.
(b) Kant became angry and insulted his readers.
(c) Kant translated and re-released his work.
(d) Kant had another philosopher translate it.

15. What did the "transcendental unity of apperception" begin?
(a) The study of subjectivity.
(b) Kant's objective argument.
(c) The study of substance versus properties.
(d) The understanding of "categories of thought".

Short Answer Questions

1. Despite being dedicated to reason, which of the following described Kant?

2. Unlike Descartes, what was Kant unwilling to draw the conclusion that he was?

3. What philosophical school did Hume belong to?

4. Where was David Hume from?

5. What philosophical school did Leibniz belong to?

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