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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What, according to Spinoza, is scripture intended to promote?
(a) devotion rather than to reason
(b) reason over superstition
(c) literature rather than science
(d) clarity rather than confusion

2. What do the concepts of praise or blame indicate according to Aristotle?
(a) a way of avoiding responsibility
(b) the need for athletic contests
(c) disagreements in society
(d) moral responsibility and free will

3. What does Baruch Spinoza begin to feel about his traditional Jewish education?
(a) unsatisfied with answers he gets in the synagogue
(b) confused by different interpretations of the Torah
(c) fulfilled educationally
(d) tired with how long it takes

4. When does Plato return to Athens and begin to write?
(a) at the age of forty in 387 B.C.
(b) at the age of twenty-eight when Socrates dies
(c) at the age of fifty in 397 B. C.
(d) at the age of thirty while touring the middle east

5. When is Plato born?
(a) in the second century B. C.
(b) in the fourth century B.C.
(c) Ca 400 B. C.
(d) in the first century B. C.

6. What does Bacon call for elimination in his philosophy?
(a) the model of the philosopher king
(b) public education
(c) several errors he calls idols
(d) a private banking system

7. Significantly, who gets ignored in Bacon's utopia?
(a) Copernicus and other scientists
(b) Plato and Socrates
(c) Hobbes, Locke, and Bentham
(d) proponents of the New Atlantis

8. What drives the Jews out of their natural home?
(a) the Holacaust
(b) the conquest of the Crusaders
(c) Roman capture of Jerusalem in 70 A.D
(d) the slave rebellion in Rome

9. At what age does Plato advocate taking children from their parents to avoid learning bad habits?
(a) at birth
(b) at adolescence
(c) age three
(d) age ten

10. What does not affect France like it does Germany and England?
(a) The Crusades
(b) The Revolution
(c) The Renaissance
(d) The Reformation

11. Where is Francois Arouet when he starts using the pen name, Voltaire?
(a) imprisoned in the Bastille
(b) sailing to the Americas
(c) studying at Oxford
(d) recuperatiing from cholera

12. By the thirteenth century A. D., how does the Church unite the European continent?
(a) by millitancy and fear
(b) by persecution of heresy
(c) by common language and desires
(d) by common faith and supernatural sanctions

13. What do Voltaire's letter criticizing France formulate in the French people?
(a) a refusal to perform his plays
(b) the theoretical groundwork for Revolution
(c) the strongest of French nationalism
(d) a distaste for Voltaire's writing

14. To what end does Socrates develop his Socratic Method?
(a) to open a private university
(b) to impress the multitudes
(c) to perfom biological experiments
(d) to test the assumptions of his pupils

15. What does Voltaire do when he is sentenced to the Bastille a second time?
(a) appeals to the Regent
(b) changes his name
(c) escapes to England
(d) goes to Switzerland

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does the Jewish migration along the Danube and Rhine rivers take the Jews?

2. What are two theories from the Orient that gain acceptance in Greece?

3. What are the only three things worthwhile in Plato's ethical solution?

4. What does Socrates ask Cephalus to define?

5. What is one result of Aristotle's prolific output of writing?

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