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

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What examples does Burke use to argue that some sights are pleasurable to all people?
(a) Objects he opines are among the ugliest animal species.
(b) Objects or ideas that he argues are morally repugnant.
(c) Objects he and others he knows think are beautiful.
(d) Objects he says can only be found in country estates.

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

3. According to Burke, what parts of the mind do beautiful things engage, and how?
(a) Our defenses, through a sense of mistrust.
(b) Our hearts, through a sense of loveliness.
(c) Our dreams, through a sense of wonder.
(d) Our fears, through a sense of terror.

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

5. What has Burke personally observed about human beauty?
(a) That proportionality does indeed coincide with beauty.
(b) That both beautiful and ugly people might be considered proportionate.
(c) That beauty is only skin-deep.
(d) That only a minority of people are not beautiful.

Short Answer Questions

1. What natural powers in man does Burke say relate to external objects?

2. What passage does Burke offer as an example of the effect of words?

3. To what does Burke tie his own opinion of darkness and the sublime?

4. What type of word are man, castle, horse, etc., as defined by Burke?

5. What does Burke envision would be the result of fitness trumping beauty in the human species?

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