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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In which instance are feelings productive of the sublime?
(a) When the feelings are of delight and joy.
(b) When the feelings are of pain or anguish.
(c) When the feelings are of confusion and depression.
(d) When the feelings are of love and desire.

2. According to Burke, what is the mechanical reason darkness is terrible?
(a) The brain's ability to think is much reduced.
(b) The skin becomes less sensitive and reduces feeling.
(c) The body's processes slow down.
(d) The eye's compensation for darkness causes pain.

3. To which other passions is the idea of power closely related, according to Burke?
(a) Curiosity and novelty.
(b) Fear and terror.
(c) Love and desire.
(d) Joy and delight.

4. Into which two classes does Burke group the passions of society?
(a) General society and the society of the sexes.
(b) The societies of the educated and of the ignorant.
(c) The liberal society and the conservative society.
(d) High- and low-society, based upon the class into which one is born.

5. How does Burke define pain and pleasure?
(a) They are the only essential qualities about which people are concerned.
(b) They are figments of human imagination that help us explain our world.
(c) They are necessary to each other and cannot be separated.
(d) They are each of a positive nature, not dependent upon each other.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is suddenness sublime, according to Burke?

2. What does Burke assert is necessary for the success of "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful"?

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

4. What examples does Burke use to prove that human proportionality does not necessarily equal human beauty?

5. Which two ideas does Burke often find confused with one another?

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