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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Which of the following statements about predicates is not true?
(a) The ontological argument fails.
(b) Redness is a predicate of an apple.
(c) Existence does not imply a predicate.
(d) Existence is a perfection.

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

5. Why does noumena serve a negative role in Kant's philosophy?
(a) Noumena are generally negative objects.
(b) It is logically impossible to know what a thing is in itself.
(c) It is logically impossible to know what role noumena play in phenomena.
(d) Kant's system does not acknowledge the existence of noumena.

6. What is considered to be Kant's most important work?
(a) "Critique of Judgment."
(b) "Critique of Pure Reason."
(c) "Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals."
(d) "Critique of Practical Reason."

7. What was the occupation of Kant's father?
(a) Blacksmith.
(b) Writer.
(c) Scientist.
(d) Harness maker.

8. What was described as being an object itself?
(a) Substance.
(b) Noumena.
(c) Phenomena.
(d) Property.

9. What did "Critique of Judgment" deal with?
(a) Logic.
(b) Aesthetics.
(c) Religion.
(d) Ethics.

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

11. What did Kant have published before 1781?
(a) Nothing.
(b) "Critique of Pure Reason".
(c) A few unremarkable, short books.
(d) "Critique of Judgment".

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

13. What are physic-theological arguments?
(a) Ontological arguments.
(b) Arguments against the existence of God.
(c) Arguments from design.
(d) Cosmological arguments.

14. When Kant attempted to use the unity of apperception to prove facts about the world, who admitted that these arguments were not generally philosophically sound?
(a) Scruton.
(b) Descartes.
(c) Hume.
(d) Kant.

15. Which of the following is an example of antinomy?
(a) The cat is gray. Another cat is also gray.
(b) The cat is on the chair. The cat is not on the chair.
(c) The cat eats food. The cat drinks water.
(d) The dog is brown. The dog has white spots.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the first types of truths, according to Kant?

2. According to Kant, what does identity imply?

3. What did Kant become after attending school?

4. What statement sums up Descartes' certain piece of knowledge?

5. According to Scruton, Kant was the first philosopher since whom to place a significant emphasis on aesthetics?

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