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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. What example does Burke give for a sublime sound?
(a) Lapping waves.
(b) Childish laughter.
(c) Artillery booming.
(d) Running water.

2. How does Burke describe "delightful horror?"
(a) As the "most contradictory emotion."
(b) As a "positively painful process."
(c) As "tranquility tinged with terror."
(d) As an "impossible state of mind."

3. Why is grief a part of pleasure, according to Burke?
(a) Because all endings are beginnings.
(b) Because people actively and willfully grieve.
(c) Because grief reminds the individual that life continues.
(d) Because grief always gives way to laughter.

4. What does Burke expressly wish to discuss in this part of "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful"?
(a) The various manifestations of the sublime and the beautiful in early-modern England.
(b) The connections between the thoughts in the mind and emotions produced in the body.
(c) The usefulness of the sublime in formulating theories of art.
(d) The different cultural concepts of the beautiful in countries other than England.

5. What example does Burke offer to show his ideas on the effects of tragedy?
(a) A mass-murderer terrorizing the city.
(b) A mother and father losing their infant to an early death.
(c) London being destroyed by an earthquake.
(d) The shocking regicide of the monarch.

Short Answer Questions

1. What literary example does Burke give as representative of magnificence?

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

3. How does Burke define "magnificence?"

4. According to Burke, what is more powerful than light at representing the sublime?

5. How do smells and tastes become sublime most effectively?

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