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GED212 Introduction to Philosophy Text: Discovering Philosophy, Portfolio Edition 2nd Edition , 2008 ISBN: 3: 978-0-13-209071-1; 10: 0-13-209071-6 Publisher: Thomas I. White Prentice Hall 925 N. Spurgeon Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701 03/09 Final Examination Authors: Phone: 714-547-9625 Fax: 714-547-5777 Introduction to Philosophy Final Examination Multiple Choice Questions (Enter your answers on the enclosed answer sheet) 1. Metaphysics is the study of right and wrong. A. True B. False 2. Logic is the study of reason and arguments. A. True B. False 3. Philosophy studies life’s most basic questions. A. True B. False 4. Philosophical questions are primarily subjective in nature. A. True B. False 5. The value of studying philosophy is that it develops your analytical abilities and your capacity for abstract thought. A. True B. False 6. _______________ is the study of how we live together in communities, and deals with problems of harmonizing freedom and obligation. A. B. C. D. Social philosophy Social interaction Political philosophy None of the above 7. ________________is what Aristotle referred to as the “first philosophy,” and studies the most basic issues. A. B. C. D. Ethics Logic Metaphysics Social philosophy 1 Introduction to Philosophy Final Examination 8. The word philosophy derives from two ancient Greek words: philia, which means love, and sophia, which means wisdom. A. True B. False 9. A(n)______ fallacy involves an argument’s logical structure. A. B. C. D. Informal Formal Premise conclusion 10. A(n) ________ fallacy involves an argument’s subject matter. A. B. C. D. Informal Formal Premise conclusion 11. The two parts of an argument are _____. A. B. C. D. Introduction and conclusion Premises and conclusion Pros and cons Truths and conclusion 12. Another word for the facts, evidence, theories, or ideas that allegedly lead to an argument’s claim is premises. A. True B. False 13. If it’s sunny, Jennifer goes surfing. Jennifer went surfing today. Therefore, it must have been sunny. This is an excellent illustration of affirming the consequent, a formal fallacy. A. True B. False 2 Introduction to Philosophy Final Examination 14. “A square has four sides” is a necessary and sufficient condition for defining a square. A. True B. False 15. The potions riddle in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is an excellent example of logical thinking. A. True B. False 16. If someone is a student at Hogwart’s, then he or she is studying witchcraft and wizardry. Neville Longbottom is a student at Hogwart’s. Therefore, Neville Longbottom is studying witchcraft and wizardry. This is an excellent example of Modus Ponens, or the Asserting Rule. A. True B. False 17. The _____is the main conscious element of the personality and tries to mediate between the unrestrained desires of the superego and the punishing demands of the id for moral perfection. A. B. C. D. Ego Soul Logic None of the above 18. The inner feeling of freedom that we all have supports the theory of _____. A. B. C. D. Fatalism Determinism Free will None of the above 19. The ancient Greek story of Oedipus, who, no matter how hard he tries, cannot avoid his tragic destiny, is an example of the theory of _____. A. B. C. D. Fatalism Determinism Free will None of the above 3 Introduction to Philosophy Final Examination 20. The idea that there is one special person somewhere in the world that is your destiny to meet and fall in love with is an example of ______. A. B. C. D. Fatalism Determinism Free will None of the above 21. A theory that claims that all human behavior is the result of scientifically identifiable natural forces is an example of _____. A. B. C. D. Fatalism Determinism Free will None of the above 22. B.F. Skinner believes that human freedom is impossible. A. True B. False 23. Freudianism claims that the human personality has neither conscious nor unconscious dimensions. A. True B. False 24. A “Freudian slip” is an example of how the unconscious can determine what we say. A. True B. False 25. Ellis believes that irrational beliefs are the greatest threat to our freedom. A. True B. False 26. _____is the position that holds that in any circumstance, we genuinely have more than one option from which to choose. A. B. C. D. 4 Indeterminism Existentialism Pragmatism Free will Introduction to Philosophy Final Examination 27. ______ claims that freedom is so inescapable that it is sometimes uncomfortable, which is why Sartre wrote that we are “condemned to be free.” A. B. C. D. Indeterminism Existentialism Pragmatism Free will 28. William James is the most important representative of _____, the school of thought that claims that what is true is what “works.” A. B. C. D. Indeterminism Existentialism Pragmatism Free will 29. Sartre accepts the idea that existence precedes essence, that is, the theory that our choices determine our nature. A. True B. False 30. The theory of free will implies about responsibility that because our actions result from our own choices, we are fully responsible for them. A. True B. False 31. Aristotle would agree most strongly with which of the following statement: The more we understand people, the more we know how little responsibility they have for their actions. A. True B. False 32. According to Ellis, irrational beliefs prove that determinism is correct. A. True B. False 5 Introduction to Philosophy Final Examination 33. Which of the following comes closest to the main ideas underlying a deontological approach to ethics? A. B. C. D. do your duty survival of the fittest no harm, no foul there is virtue in suffering 34. Utilitarianism _____. A. is a deontological ethical theory that uses a scientific, empirical basis for ethics B. is a teleological ethical theory that bases ethics on private philosophical insight C. is a deontological ethical theory that uses pleasure and notions like “the greatest good of the greatest number” as standards for judging the morality of actions D. is a teleological ethical theory that uses pleasure and notions like “the greatest good of the greatest number” as standards for judging the morality of actions 35. The strengths of Bentham’s Hedonistic Calculus are it effectively measures many of the consequences of an action and it does not prejudge the question of the morality of an action. A. True B. False 36. _____ revised Bentham’s ideas by arguing for the importance of differences in the type, kind, or quality of pleasures and pains that follow from actions. A. B. C. D. Kant Mill Plato Scorates 37. The most basic concept of Kant’s ethics is_____. A. B. C. D. 6 Truth Virtue Spirituality Duty Introduction to Philosophy Final Examination 38. Kant calls his basic moral rule the categorical truth. A. True B. False 39. The ultimate drawback to a teleological approach to ethics is that it allows for the idea that “the ends justify the means.” A. True B. False 40. In a religious approach to ethics, faith and the authority of sacred texts have the final word. A. True B. False 41. A healthy soul is characterized generally by _____. A. the ability to distinguish right from wrong without being blinded by fear, greed, or the like; strength of will, freedom, self-control B. divine grace and the guarantee of eternal life C. a belief in the importance of suffering and the sense of moral superiority that goes along with that D. a belief in the teachings of Gyges and the ethical insights that flow from that 42. Socrates was unusual as a philosopher because _____. A. B. C. D. he spent his life getting rich no other philosopher has ever challenged his ideas he dictated all of his ideas to another philosopher, Plato he never wrote anything about his teachings 43. In the story of Gyges’ ring, a shepherd finds a ring that can make him invisible. A. True B. False 7 Introduction to Philosophy Final Examination 44. Plato thinks that we are made up of three parts, physical, emotional, and intellectual. A. True B. False 45. Consider the case of a woman who is robbed and beaten. The robber escapes punishment. Socrates would say the robber has been most hurt by this crime. A. True B. False 46. Socrates illustrates his ideas about the ethical life and the unethical life with the image of two wine jars. A. True B. False 47. In the Platonic dialogue entitled the Gorgiras, the character Callicles argues that best life is one of the uncontrolled and totally self-interested pursuit of pleasure. A. True B. False 48. Plato believes that in the unhealthy soul there is an inappropriate balance among the three parts. A. True B. False 49. Thales believes that the basic nature of all things, the first principle of reality, is ________. A. B. C. D. 8 Time Our sense of self Our bodies Water Introduction to Philosophy Final Examination 50. Anaximander’s first principle of reality is the Unlimited. A. True B. False 51. Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes and other thinkers such as Heraclitus and Parmenides are known as Post-Socratics A. True B. False 52. Plato explains the divided line theory with the allegory of a cave A. True B. False 53. Berkeley maintains that object no not exist apart from being perceived. A. True B. False 54. Berkeley claims that God constantly perceives reality, and thus gives it ultimate existence. A. True B. False 55. An Anthropomorphic account of reality explains things by appealing to cultural terms. A. True B. False 56. The philosophical approach to knowledge known as empiricism claims that knowledge comes from, or arises in, our minds. A. True B. False 9 Introduction to Philosophy Final Examination 57. The philosophical approach to knowledge known as rationalism claims that knowledge comes from sensory experiences. A. True B. False 58. Hume thinks that to the extent that knowledge is possible, it ultimately depends on___________. A. B. C. D. The senses The mind The soul Our logic 59. Hume uses the example of a billiard ball hitting another to question the concept of causality. A. True B. False 60. Gilbert Ryle uses the term ___________ to describe an error in logical categories, otherwise known as “comparing apples to oranges.” A. B. C. D. Informal Incorrect analogy Category false Category mistake 61. “A triangle has three sides” is an example of an analytic statement. A. True B. False 62. Descartes uses the example of a piece of melting wax to claim that the senses are the only dependable source of knowledge. A. True B. False 10 Introduction to Philosophy Final Examination 63. Kant tried to synthesize the epistemological views of the rationalists and empiricists. A. True B. False 64. An argument from design, claims that the universe is so intelligently crafted that it must have a creator. A. True B. False 65. The problem of evil is taken up in the Bible in the book of job. A. True B. False 66. Aquinas defines _________ as potentialities becoming actualized. A. B. C. D. Our morals Our actions Motion Our sense of self 67. An onotological argument concerning God’s existence claims that by merely contemplating the notion of God as “that-than-which-nothing-greater-canbe-thought,” we become aware that God must exist. A. True B. False 68. David Hume claims the fear is the basis of religion, that people “accept religion on emotional grounds.” A. True B. False 11 Introduction to Philosophy Final Examination 69. David Hume dismisses such arguments about God’s existence from causality with the claim that the material universe itself might be a necessarily existent being, which means there is no need for a “first cause.” A. True B. False 70. Anselm’s discussion of the possibility of God’s existence relies on empirical evidence alone. A. True B. False 71. Anselm’s argument is essentially Aristotelian because it believes that the question of God’s existence can be settled by studying the workings of nature. A. True B. False 72. Hegel’s label for the dynamic and conflict-filled process that dominates reality is dialectic, the three elements of which are thesis, antithesis, synthesis. A. True B. False 73. Marx calls the type of work that characterizes capitalism_____________. A. B. C. D. Punishment Forced labor Unethical Alienated labor 74. Karma is an essentially deterministic principle which is, paradoxically, based on the idea of individual free choice. A. True B. False 12 Introduction to Philosophy Final Examination 75. The Supreme Buddha was a prince from fifth century B.C. Nepal who became a great spiritual leader. A. True B. False 76. _______________ is the Buddhist idea that because the task of spiritual development is too complex to accomplish in one lifetime, we live many lives. A. B. C. D. Karma Our destiny Rebirth Free will 77. In Western culture, religion and philosophy thoroughly intermix, and in the East, they do just the same. A. True B. False 78. The Buddhist conception of the self is the source of the way the self is understood in Western philosophy. A. True B. False 79. Modern natural science has a close relationship to the school of philosophy called Empiricism. A. True B. False 80. According to Einstein, _________ will be perceived the same whether the observer is moving or not. A. B. C. D. Space-time continuum String theory The speed of light Theory of Relativity 13 Introduction to Philosophy Final Examination 81. Einstein’s theory about the ______implies that reality has four dimensions, not three. A. B. C. D. Space-time continuum String theory The speed of light Theory of Relativity 82. _______________is based on the claim that the ultimate building blocks of reality aren’t subatomic particles, but even smaller vibrating one-dimensional strings of energy. A. B. C. D. Space-time continuum String theory The speed of light Theory of Relativity 83. The world of subatomic particles spawned a separate branch of physics called quantum mechanics. A. True B. False 84. Imagine two twins. One gets onto a space ship and travels close to the speed of light for what the ship’s clocks record as a few months. The other twin remains on earth. When the space ship returns, there will be no difference in their ages. A. True B. False 85. Imagine that you are standing still, while a friend of yours is on a train heading north. You see two lightning bolts strike the ground at the same instant – one to the north and the other to the south. Einstein would say that your friend on the train experiences things differently, seeing the northern bolt strike before the southern bolt. A. True B. False 14 Introduction to Philosophy Final Examination 86. Unlike Newton, Einstein believes that space is constant and absolute and cannot “bend.” A. True B. False 87. The main psychological research on epistemological differences between men and women focuses on different developmental stages that we go through in progressing from a simple to a mature understanding of the concept of _____________. A. B. C. D. Truth Self-actualization Understanding Knowledge 88. In ______________ “conventional” morality, including stages three and four, we understand right and wrong in terms of laws and the expectations of others. A. B. C. D. Kohlberg’s Perry’s Belenky’s Gilligan’s 89. If we are at Perry’s second stage, “unacceptable multiplicity,” and we hear two opposite accounts of the causes of the Reformation, we would probably think that one, but only one, of the two accounts is true. A. True B. False 90. In Belenky’s first stage, “____________,” knowledge is what some external authority says it is. A. B. C. D. Constructed knowledge Received knowledge Subjective knowledge Procedural knowledge 15 Introduction to Philosophy Final Examination 91. In Belenky’s final stage, “_______________,” believing is more important than doubting. A. B. C. D. Constructed knowledge Received knowledge Subjective knowledge Procedural knowledge 92. If we combine the two perspectives represented by Kohlberg and Gilligan, the problem of the moral justification of an action becomes more difficult and involved. A. True B. False 93. Sex refers to societal roles, whereas gender refers to biology. A. True B. False 94. “Human” and “person” are different, but related, ideas. “Human” is a biological concept, while “person” is a _____________ concept. A. B. C. D. Theological Philosophical Scientific Emotional 95. Dolphins’ curiosity about humans can be traced back at least to ancient __________. A. B. C. D. Rome China Greece None of the above 96. The one dolphin sense that acts as both their eyes and ears in the water is like the modern human sonar system onboard submarines. A. True B. False 16 Introduction to Philosophy Final Examination 97. Dolphins have a body temperature of _________ degrees. A. B. C. D. 98.6 96.8 90.2 92.2 98. As far as the criteria for “personhood” are concerned, dolphins probably do possess “awareness” because the fact that they can be so easily trained shows that they are aware of the external world and able to interact with it. A. True B. False 99. The fact that dolphins can perform leaps, dives and flips on cue from trainers: prove that dolphins are not intelligent enough to be persons, because persons would not perform such menial behaviors. A. True B. False 100. In terms of the criteria for personhood developed in this chapter, dolphins, on balance, did pretty well. A. B. True False 17 ...
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