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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Leibniz argue could allow us to know almost everything about the world?
(a) Religion.
(b) Reason.
(c) Ethics.
(d) Objectivity.

2. What are the first types of truths, according to Kant?
(a) Analytic and synthetic.
(b) Real and unreal.
(c) False and accurate.
(d) Rational and irrational.

3. What is described by something whose existence is not dependent upon anything else?
(a) Self.
(b) Substance.
(c) World.
(d) Properties.

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

5. What is described as something which exists dependently upon a substance?
(a) World.
(b) Properties.
(c) Possibilities.
(d) Self.

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

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

8. How many times did Kant come close to marriage?
(a) 3.
(b) 1.
(c) 4.
(d) 2.

9. According to Kant, what does identity imply?
(a) Causality.
(b) Substance.
(c) Reality.
(d) Rationality.

10. Which of the following best describes Kant's categories of thought?
(a) Modes of understanding.
(b) Categories of self-consciousness.
(c) Qualities of perception.
(d) Perceptions of existence.

11. What question did Kant's subjective argument begin with?
(a) What are the prerequisites for experience?
(b) How can experience be defined?
(c) What are the self's prerequisites for existence?
(d) How can philosophers define existence?

12. Which type of argument about religion did Kant believe had little weight?
(a) Cosmological arguments.
(b) Scientific arguments.
(c) Arguments from design.
(d) Ontological arguments.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What philosophical school did Hume belong to?

3. According to Kant, what is essential to the development of an ethical theory?

4. What did Descartes argue was the first and most certain piece of knowledge?

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

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