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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why, as Burke argues, are humans "more inclined to belief than to incredulity?"
(a) Because believing something is easy, whereas not believing is more difficult.
(b) Because belief engages the imagination pleasantly, while incredulity is naturally negative.
(c) Because believing makes it easier to get along with others in the social-contract model of society.
(d) Because God is born in all of us, so we have a natural inclination to believe in him.

2. Burke believes that "taste" arises from:
(a) Knowledge.
(b) Nature.
(c) Passion.
(d) Reflection.

3. Burke opines that buildings that are great only in dimension are:
(a) Too simple and common to be sublime.
(b) The epitome of sublimity in architecture.
(c) Paragons of human imagination.
(d) Only deceptively large.

4. Why, according to Burke, is proportion not the cause of beauty in animals?
(a) Because beauty relies upon the relative length, width, and height of the object.
(b) Because proportion and geometry can only be discussed in reference to architecture.
(c) Because our idea of proportion is so clear and obvious as to preclude the beautiful.
(d) Because all species of animals have different proportions, yet we as a society deem them beautiful.

5. Burke's general definition for "obscurity" is:
(a) That which is not famous.
(b) That which is hidden from view.
(c) That which we cannot fully know.
(d) That which is most humble.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Burke say is the primary passion ignited by the sublime?

2. How does Burke use the word "delight?"

3. How do use and habit affect pleasure?

4. What passion does Burke identify as most effectively robing the mind of reasoning?

5. What, according to Burke, affects the passions and most incites admiration?

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