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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Kant, what does the notion of change imply?
(a) Some mediums only exist in the past.
(b) Some mediums are unchanged.
(c) Some mediums will only exist in the future.
(d) Some mediums are constantly changing.

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

3. Who did Kant believe was right about objective knowledge?
(a) Hume.
(b) Descartes.
(c) Leibniz.
(d) Both Leibniz and Hume were half right.

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

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

6. When was "Critique of Judgment" published?
(a) 1795.
(b) 1800.
(c) 1790.
(d) 1785.

7. What did Kant study throughout his early academic career?
(a) Philosophy.
(b) Math.
(c) A variety of disciplines.
(d) Geography.

8. What philosophical school did Leibniz belong to?
(a) Syntheticists.
(b) Rationalists.
(c) Extremists.
(d) Noumenalists.

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

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

11. When was "Critique of Practical Reason" published?
(a) 1781.
(b) 1790.
(c) 1788.
(d) 1793.

12. What did Descartes argue was the first and most certain piece of knowledge?
(a) One is a thinking self.
(b) One has an identity.
(c) One is a human being.
(d) One is an intelligent self.

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

14. What are the statements "Fido is on the couch" and "Fido is not on the couch" examples of?
(a) Cosmology.
(b) Property.
(c) Antinomy.
(d) Substance.

15. In which groups did "Critique of Pure Reason" cause a stir?
(a) European philosophical circles.
(b) American philosophical circles.
(c) African philosophical circles.
(d) Asian philosophical circles.

Short Answer Questions

1. How was Kant influenced by Leibniz?

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

3. When beginning an argument, what did Kant appeal to?

4. What are physic-theological arguments?

5. When was "Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals" published?

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