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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who began the problem of objective knowledge?
(a) Plato.
(b) Descartes.
(c) Hume.
(d) Aristotle.

3. What statement sums up Descartes' certain piece of knowledge?
(a) "I think, therefore I am."
(b) "I exist, therefore I am."
(c) "I live, therefore I am."
(d) "I see, therefore I am."

4. What type of religious arguments was Kant most interested in?
(a) Arguments against church's relevance.
(b) Arguments given for God's existence.
(c) Arguments for church's relevance.
(d) Arguments against God's existence.

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

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

7. What is the problem with Descartes' certain knowledge?
(a) It assumes the existence of a self.
(b) It assumes that breathing warrants thinking.
(c) It assumes that humans think.
(d) It assumes that existence warrants thinking.

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

9. Whose theories greatly influenced Kant's metaphysical system?
(a) Descartes.
(b) Aristotle.
(c) Isaac Newton.
(d) Montesquieu.

10. What is cosmology?
(a) The study of people.
(b) The study of the universe.
(c) The study of God.
(d) The study of the soul.

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

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

13. What philosophical school did Hume belong to?
(a) Empiricism.
(b) Irrationalism.
(c) Rationalism.
(d) Extremism.

14. Despite being dedicated to reason, which of the following described Kant?
(a) Illogical.
(b) Religious.
(c) Unintelligent.
(d) Superstitious.

15. Unlike Descartes, what was Kant unwilling to draw the conclusion that he was?
(a) A property.
(b) A philosopher.
(c) A substance.
(d) A self.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Kant have published before 1781?

2. How was Kant influenced by Leibniz?

3. According to Kant, why was he reserved?

4. What did Kant say is a privileged place in perception?

5. What did Leibniz argue could allow us to know almost everything about the world?

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