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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. At first, what medium does Voltaire use to give humorous expression to his ideas?
(a) anonymous letters
(b) short plays
(c) short novels
(d) essays

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

4. What does Spinoza call the highest knowledge of universal unity?
(a) the educated answers to philosophical questions
(b) the lessons from philosophers of the past
(c) understanding the influence of the stars
(d) the intellectual equivalent of the love of God

5. What does Aristotle define as the entire vital principle of any being?
(a) motion
(b) energy
(c) matter
(d) soul

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Plato say early education should do?

2. By the thirteenth century A. D., how does the Church unite the European continent?

3. When is Plato born?

4. What question does Plato raise to lead into a discussion of Utopia?

5. What is the foundation of Plato's Republic?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Plato differentiate between emotion and knowledge?

2. What is Voltaire's reaction to Voltaire's desire to be a professional writer?

3. How can Voltaire's life be compared to that of socrates?

4. What is a common criticism of Voltaire?

5. How is Bacon's philosophy comparable to Plato's?

6. What happens because of Spinoza's questions about Judeo-Christian beliefs?

7. How does Voltaire research his writing?

8. Describe Spinoza's synonymous dichotomies.

9. Who are the students of Socrates?

10. What is Voltaire's reaction to Rousseau's suggestion that men were responsible for the deaths in the Lisbon earthquake?

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