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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. Where do metaphysics and the nature of God fit into Aristotle's curriculum?
(a) his mathematics
(b) his biology
(c) his rhetoric
(d) his theology

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

3. What event makes the rival schools of Stoicism and Epicureanism split philosophically?
(a) the resurgance of Judaism
(b) the Romans' arrival in 46 B.C.
(c) the disintegration of public infrastructures
(d) the arrival of missionaries from the East

4. How does Spinoza find himself after asking questions about Jewish and Christian beliefs?
(a) honored as a great thinker
(b) promoted to head philosopher
(c) left without a source of income
(d) excommunicated from the synagogue

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What motivates Voltaire to accept Prince Frederick's invitation and travel expenses to join him in his court in Potsdam?

2. What comprises Plato's writing style?

3. What drives the Jews out of their natural home?

4. What does Spinoza do to support himself?

5. What is the first of four books written by Spinoza?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the origins of stoicism and Epicureanism in Greek philosophy.

2. Who are the students of Socrates?

3. Describe Voltaire's The Essay on Morals.

4. How does the scope of Bacon's philosophy miss his goal?

5. Why is Aristotle's philosophy often criticized as dry and uninteresting?

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

7. Explain Aristotle's definition of God.

8. How does Voltaire research his writing?

9. How does Plato differentiate between emotion and knowledge?

10. What is a common criticism of Voltaire?

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