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

2. What is the effect of opiates or liquors, according to Burke?
(a) They harm both the mind and the body to a tragic degree.
(b) They strengthen the connection and clarity between mind and body.
(c) They suspend the passions by inciting a different reaction in the body.
(d) They force the body to yield to the superior power of the mind.

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

4. What does NOT make certain objects or experiences affect us the way they do?
(a) Any natural power of the thing.
(b) Any associations we form around the thing.
(c) Any strong memories regarding the thing.
(d) Any learning about the thing.

5. How does Burke use the word "delight?"
(a) To equate that feeling with pleasure.
(b) To describe the natural state of humanity.
(c) To describe the feeling one gets when pain is removed.
(d) To demonstrate his feelings.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do sublime buildings look, according to Burke?

2. Why is grief a part of pleasure, according to Burke?

3. What kind of colors are unfit to produce what Burke terms "grand images?"

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

5. What attracts people to one another, argues Burke?

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