A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part I.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What, according to Burke, is responsible for common deviations in natural taste?
(a) Humankind's natural curiosity.
(b) Custom and habit.
(c) A willingness to deceive others.
(d) Confusion of the mind.

2. What does Burke hope will be the result of his "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful"?
(a) Readers will learn to control their passions when in specific social settings.
(b) Readers will leave the sciences behind in favor of imagination and passion.
(c) Readers will be well-versed in the scientific method.
(d) Readers will apply principles of taste and passion to the otherwise severe sciences.

3. How does Burke define "grief?"
(a) As the most desirable of the sensibilities because it is strong.
(b) As that feeling when an object is so lost that one can never enjoy it again.
(c) As the natural state of relationships between all people.
(d) As one of many types of positive pain.

4. What does Burke term the "creative power" of the mind?
(a) Judgment.
(b) Imagination.
(c) Emotion.
(d) Will.

5. According to Burke, why is procreation pleasurable?
(a) Because without some form of pleasure, society would devolve into warfare.
(b) To incite people to engage in it, since it is necessary to survival.
(c) Because the rest of life is terrible, and there must be at least one pleasurable thing in life.
(d) To connect humans and animals in the realm of the senses.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Why is imitation important, according to Burke?

4. Why does Burke offer a second edition of "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful"?

5. To what effect does Burke use the example of the Turkish emperor?

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