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. How does Burke define "love?"
(a) As the sexual attraction between sexes.
(b) As the natural state of human relationships with one another.
(c) As the satisfaction the mind feels upon contemplating the beautiful.
(d) As the boldest and most striking of all the passions.

2. How does beauty act upon the human mind?
(a) Mechanically, through the five senses.
(b) Imaginatively, through dreams and fantasies.
(c) Logically, through consideration of utility.
(d) Spiritually, through the soul.

3. Which kinds of words do not produce mental images, according to Burke?
(a) Compounded abstract words.
(b) Simple abstract words.
(c) Aggregate words.
(d) Foreign words.

4. What example does Burke cite in his discussion of how people may convey ideas of things which they do not know?
(a) A deaf musician.
(b) A crippled politician.
(c) A sickly child.
(d) A blind poet.

5. What is another word for the "fitness" of objects about which Burke writes?
(a) Condition.
(b) Utility.
(c) Aptitude.
(d) Health.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What passion does Burke identify as most effectively robing the mind of reasoning?

3. What examples does Burke use to prove that human proportionality does not necessarily equal human beauty?

4. How does this body part produce the sense of the sublime, according to Burke?

5. How does Burke define solitude?

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