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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. Why is imitation important, according to Burke?
(a) It facilitates comedy in the theater.
(b) It forms our manners and opinions.
(c) It allows us to learn in school.
(d) It is how we try to get closer to God.

2. Why, as Burke argues, are humans "more inclined to belief than to incredulity?"
(a) Because believing something is easy, whereas not believing is more difficult.
(b) Because belief engages the imagination pleasantly, while incredulity is naturally negative.
(c) Because God is born in all of us, so we have a natural inclination to believe in him.
(d) Because believing makes it easier to get along with others in the social-contract model of society.

3. Burke opines that buildings that are great only in dimension are:
(a) The epitome of sublimity in architecture.
(b) Paragons of human imagination.
(c) Only deceptively large.
(d) Too simple and common to be sublime.

4. What natural powers in man does Burke say relate to external objects?
(a) The senses, passions, and the will.
(b) The imagination, passions, and the senses.
(c) The judgment, emotions, and the will.
(d) The senses, imagination, and judgment.

5. What example does Burke offer to show his ideas on the effects of tragedy?
(a) London being destroyed by an earthquake.
(b) The shocking regicide of the monarch.
(c) A mother and father losing their infant to an early death.
(d) A mass-murderer terrorizing the city.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Burke use the word "delight?"

3. Burke's general definition for "obscurity" is:

4. What example does Burke use to demonstrate that differing tastes stem from the same basic root?

5. What problem does Burke find with merely defining a term like "taste?"

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