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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What colors appropriately represent the sublime?
(a) Yellows and creams.
(b) Blacks and browns.
(c) Blues and greens.
(d) Reds and oranges.

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

3. How, according to Burke, can light and dark be equal?
(a) If one experiences light and dark for equal periods of time.
(b) Only when quantities balance each other.
(c) Because according to science, there is no difference between light and dark.
(d) When the overpowering nature of one creates the effect of the other.

4. Why is grief a part of pleasure, according to Burke?
(a) Because grief reminds the individual that life continues.
(b) Because grief always gives way to laughter.
(c) Because all endings are beginnings.
(d) Because people actively and willfully grieve.

5. What problem does Burke see with the contemporary notion of "taste?"
(a) Everyone pays too much attention to taste and not enough attention to reason.
(b) It's principles have not been made uniform.
(c) Nobody Burke knows seems to have taste.
(d) The concept of taste is misunderstood and badly defined.

Short Answer Questions

1. What example does Burke give for a sublime sound?

2. In what year was "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful" first published?

3. Burke believes that "taste" arises from:

4. According to Burke, what is more powerful than light at representing the sublime?

5. What is Burke's argument for the existence of the passion of ambition?

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