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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What passion does Burke identify as most effectively robing the mind of reasoning?
(a) Fear.
(b) Love.
(c) Disgust.
(d) Anger.

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

3. To what effect does Burke use the example of the Turkish emperor?
(a) To illustrate the difference between taste and knowledge.
(b) To prove the existence of innate knowledge.
(c) To demonstrate the barbarity of the Turks.
(d) To question the validity of theories on sculpture.

4. What is the general reason Burke wrote the book, as stated in the First Preface?
(a) Burke completely disagreed with all else written on the sublime and the beautiful.
(b) Burke was taking dictation on the subject from his longtime mentor.
(c) Burke was initially at a loss to coherently describe the sublime and beautiful.
(d) Burke wanted to make money with the publication of this treatise.

5. What is Burke's general plan of action for this book?
(a) It will focus only on human society.
(b) It will be a methodical study.
(c) It will refute all other theories of the sublime.
(d) It will posit wild, untested new ideas.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which idea is more effective over the other in affecting the imagination, according to Burke?

2. What does Burke mean by the word "Taste?"

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

4. What, according to Burke, is responsible for common deviations in natural taste?

5. What two aspects comprise Burke's "artificial infinity?"

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