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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Introduction On Taste Part II.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Burke mean by the word "Taste?"
(a) The sense of taste located on the tongue, which distinguish sweet, salty, bitter, and sour flavors.
(b) Those faculties of the mind which form judgments upon the work of the imagination and the elegant arts.
(c) The sense of distinction that the higher social classes have above the lower social classes.
(d) The notions of personal style that refined, elegant people display when in public.

2. What does Burke warn his readers about in the Second Preface?
(a) His book will challenge their core values.
(b) His book may be construed as unpatriotic.
(c) His book will contain faults.
(d) His book may make them angry.

3. What does Burke assert is necessary for the success of "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful"?
(a) To debunk all outmoded notions of the sublime.
(b) To make his readers agree with him.
(c) To establish the principles of taste.
(d) To demonstrate his expansive knowledge of the passions.

4. How do all emotions and passions affect the human mind?
(a) With scarring, searing effects.
(b) By natural, uniform, predictable principles.
(c) By forcing the mind to yield to the heart.
(d) With unpredictable, greatly varying effects.

5. What is the same in all humans, according to Burke?
(a) The curiosity and wonder for nature.
(b) The capacity for feeling.
(c) The standards of reason and taste.
(d) The general intelligence quotient.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Burke term the "creative power" of the mind?

2. What examples does Burke use to prove that people agree upon sensory observations?

3. What examples does Burke use to argue that some sights are pleasurable to all people?

4. What does Burke hope will be the result of his "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful"?

5. What, according to Burke, is most striking to this creative power of mind?

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