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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part IV, Sections I - VII.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How do smells and tastes become sublime most effectively?
(a) When combined with eating and drinking.
(b) When mediated through art.
(c) When they occur when one is in a dreaming state.
(d) When moderated through narrative and description.

2. What is Burke's argument about the relation of danger to the sublime?
(a) Danger is never a part of any sublime object.
(b) Danger is absolutely necessary to the sublime and must be present.
(c) Danger does not physically need to be present or real for an object to be sublime.
(d) Danger and terror are the same thing and are equal portions of the sublime.

3. Why is suddenness sublime, according to Burke?
(a) Because easy transitions are pleasant.
(b) Because the body's reaction is unpredictable.
(c) Because that which is sudden is very interesting.
(d) Because the mind is suddenly put on its guard.

4. Why, according to Burke, do we delight in the tragedies of others?
(a) There is little else in the world in which to delight.
(b) This is a function of sympathy instilled in us by our Creator.
(c) We are happy we are not the victims.
(d) All humans have a sadistic streak.

5. How does Burke define "grief?"
(a) As one of many types of positive pain.
(b) As the natural state of relationships between all people.
(c) As the most desirable of the sensibilities because it is strong.
(d) As that feeling when an object is so lost that one can never enjoy it again.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Burke use the example of Campanella?

2. Why are the cries of animals sublime, according to Burke?

3. What example does Burke use to show that pain can be a source of pleasure?

4. What is Burke's argument that infinity exists in pleasing objects?

5. What is the sole difference Burke identifies between the passions mentioned in question 7?

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