Locke's test

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In 1961 or 1962, Richard Alpert presented a five-year-old John Locke with a '''test''' involving six items.   Alpert placed a compass on a table with five other items, asking Locke to identify which "already belong to him". A time-traveling Locke had previously given Richard a compass, a compass that Richard would return to Locke years later, in 2007. 

Young John selected a container of granules and the compass before settling upon a knife. Disappointed, Richard collected the items and left, leaving a dejected Locke with his angry Florence. 

 
==Items==
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* A brass compass {{Crossref}}
* A baseball glove. In {{ep}}, Jack walked into Dogen's area of the Temple and found him tossing a baseball into the air.
* An old book whose cover bore the title, "Book of Laws". In {{ep}} Eko told Locke a story about the "Book of Law", i.e., the Old Testament.
* A vial of granules
* A comic book, ''Mystery Tales'' issue 40 from April 1956 (right before Locke's birth), bearing the subtitle, "What was the secret of the mysterious 'HIDDEN LAND!'" 
* A wood-handled knife

== Cultural references ==
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* The test given to young Locke by Richard Alpert resembled the Tibetan Buddhist ritual used to confirm a reincarnated Wikipediatulku (the Dalai Lama being the most widely known). {{crossref}}
** In the Lost The Complete Third Season (DVD){{ep}}, Richard Alpert was described as someone who was not interested in leading the Others but was very influential in finding and selecting a leader. In the commentary for {{ep}}, he was described as being similar to a wikipediaPanchen Lama choosing the next wikipediaDalai Lama. He and Ben kept each other in "check" by having the power to pick/veto each other's replacement on the Island.  Ben's role would be to pick the next Panchen, should the need arise. This kept the two in a sort of balanced power relationship. They were allies, yet they had some measure of control over the other should one get out of hand.

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