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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Plato say is a science and art one must live and prepare for?
(a) teaching the young
(b) statesmanship
(c) military leadership
(d) oratory

2. What does Voltaire's Essay on Morals become?
(a) the last of his great works
(b) a template for how to do research
(c) the basis of modern historical science
(d) a book banned by every nations

3. What method do all the fields of study--science, discipline, art and music--use in common?
(a) repetition of basics
(b) rote memorization
(c) the art of logic
(d) questions and answers

4. What does Aristotle say is the need of Motion?
(a) matter
(b) a place to happen
(c) a reason
(d) a source

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

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

7. What happened after Spinoza dispensed with faith?
(a) the faithful dispensed with him
(b) new religions sprang up
(c) religion died
(d) the faithful were devastated

8. Who in Voltaire's life is the young wife of a French Marquis who is away with his regiment?
(a) his neice
(b) his muse
(c) his mistress
(d) his secretary

9. Although science and philosophy exists in Greece before their times, who were the teachers who greatly advanced the fields?
(a) Aristotle and Socrates
(b) Socrates and Plato
(c) Playto and Prothagorus
(d) Aristotle and Onassis

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

11. What does Spinoza's Ethic do with Buddhism and Christianity, the philosophy of Machiavelli and Nietzsche, and the democracy of the Greeks?
(a) keeps them separate for different ethnic groups
(b) throws them out in favor of his own ideas
(c) integrates and reconciles all three ethical systems
(d) takes only bits and pieces from each

12. What is something Voltaire is noted for with his critics?
(a) ignoring his enemies
(b) destroying enemies with a pen
(c) suing his enemies in court
(d) challenging his enemies to duels

13. What is Voltaire's literary output?
(a) fifty-four volumes of work
(b) hundreds of manuscripts
(c) ninety-nine volumes
(d) three plays, four novels, and 100 essays

14. What does Plato say early education should do?
(a) only amuse
(b) teach logistics
(c) form good habits
(d) indoctrinate

15. What does Spinoza suggest the aim of Biblical language is meant to do?
(a) to attract the imagination of popular minds
(b) to attract intellectuals
(c) to conceal great mysteries
(d) to compete with Greek mythology

Short Answer Questions

1. What event makes the rival schools of Stoicism and Epicureanism split philosophically?

2. What does Spinoza do to support himself?

3. What student of Aristotle becomes a major historical figure?

4. What does Aristotle establish in Athens?

5. What circumstance does Spinoza say keeps the racial existence of the Jews?

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