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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What, according to Burke, is the cause of wrong "taste" in a person?
(a) A failure of propriety.
(b) A failure of the imagination.
(c) A defect of judgment.
(d) An overabundance of passion.

2. Which idea is more effective over the other in affecting the imagination, according to Burke?
(a) Obscurity, rather than clarity.
(b) Originality, rather than imitation.
(c) Shock value, rather than predictability.
(d) Refinement, rather than coarseness.

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

4. In which instance are feelings productive of the sublime?
(a) When the feelings are of confusion and depression.
(b) When the feelings are of love and desire.
(c) When the feelings are of pain or anguish.
(d) When the feelings are of delight and joy.

5. What does Burke want "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful" to accomplish?
(a) The Enquiry will open minds.
(b) The Enquiry will be useful in schools.
(c) The Enquiry will disprove older theories.
(d) The Enquiry will teach people about nature.

Short Answer Questions

1. Burke believes that "taste" arises from:

2. What example does Burke use in his argument that perfection is not the cause of beauty?

3. Why, as Burke argues, are humans "more inclined to belief than to incredulity?"

4. How does Burke define pain and pleasure?

5. What does Burke say is the primary passion ignited by the sublime?

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