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 attracts people to one another, argues Burke?
(a) Beauty.
(b) Intelligence.
(c) Personality.
(d) Wealth.

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

3. What does Burke expressly wish to discuss in this part of "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful"?
(a) The different cultural concepts of the beautiful in countries other than England.
(b) The connections between the thoughts in the mind and emotions produced in the body.
(c) The usefulness of the sublime in formulating theories of art.
(d) The various manifestations of the sublime and the beautiful in early-modern England.

4. What does Burke use as a common, but bad, example of infinity?
(a) A snake.
(b) A mountain.
(c) A cross.
(d) An ocean.

5. How does Burke separate natural and artificial objects?
(a) By claiming to distinguish nature and artifice as it pertains to humans.
(b) By asserting that the natural always prevails over the artificial.
(c) By categorizing properties of nature and artifice in a long treatise.
(d) By separating the effects which they have on a person.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is another word for the "fitness" of objects about which Burke writes?

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

3. Burke writes that "Beauty in distress is the most _________ kind of beauty."

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

5. Upon what does the power of poetry NOT depend, according to Burke?

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