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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what year was "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful" first published?
(a) 1794.
(b) 1773.
(c) 1757.
(d) 1801.

2. What smells or tastes are, according to Burke, the only smells or tastes capable of producing grand sensations?
(a) Bitterness and terrible stenches.
(b) Saltiness and flowery odors.
(c) Sourness and tangy smells.
(d) Sweetness and spicy odors.

3. What general quality does Burke assert about "taste?"
(a) It is the sole means of valuing an individual.
(b) It is natural and common to all people.
(c) It is unnecessary for discussion about beauty.
(d) It is the province of the refined upper-class.

4. Why does Burke offer a second edition of "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful"?
(a) He wishes to change and contradict his own views.
(b) He realizes that he could make more money selling a second edition.
(c) He wishes to directly challenge the criticism of the first edition.
(d) He wishes to expand and further illustrate his theories.

5. How does Burke define pain and pleasure?
(a) They are the only essential qualities about which people are concerned.
(b) They are necessary to each other and cannot be separated.
(c) They are figments of human imagination that help us explain our world.
(d) They are each of a positive nature, not dependent upon each other.

6. Which example does Burke use in his discussion in Section VIII about infinity?
(a) Madmen.
(b) The ocean.
(c) The military.
(d) Cropland.

7. What is the main manifestation of infinity Burke mentions?
(a) A recurring dream or nightmare.
(b) A quiet walk in a grove of trees.
(c) A frequently repeated idea or motion.
(d) A seemingly endless journey.

8. Why, according to Burke, is the idea of God sublime?
(a) Because the intellectual response is weighty and considerable.
(b) Because the idea itself is not describable in words.
(c) Because the notion of so much power overwhelms the understanding.
(d) Because the love generated in one's soul is all-consuming.

9. What passion does Burke identify as most effectively robing the mind of reasoning?
(a) Fear.
(b) Love.
(c) Disgust.
(d) Anger.

10. What is Burke's general plan of action for this book?
(a) It will focus only on human society.
(b) It will refute all other theories of the sublime.
(c) It will posit wild, untested new ideas.
(d) It will be a methodical study.

11. What two aspects comprise Burke's "artificial infinity?"
(a) Terror and greatness.
(b) Curiosity and desire.
(c) Succession and uniformity.
(d) Strength and power.

12. What does Burke term the "creative power" of the mind?
(a) Emotion.
(b) Imagination.
(c) Judgment.
(d) Will.

13. Why is suddenness sublime, according to Burke?
(a) Because the body's reaction is unpredictable.
(b) Because the mind is suddenly put on its guard.
(c) Because easy transitions are pleasant.
(d) Because that which is sudden is very interesting.

14. Into which two classes does Burke group the passions of society?
(a) General society and the society of the sexes.
(b) High- and low-society, based upon the class into which one is born.
(c) The societies of the educated and of the ignorant.
(d) The liberal society and the conservative society.

15. What kind of colors are unfit to produce what Burke terms "grand images?"
(a) Earth tones.
(b) Jewel tones.
(c) Cheerful colors.
(d) Bold colors.

Short Answer Questions

1. What, according to Burke, affects the passions and most incites admiration?

2. What does Burke assert is necessary for the success of "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful"?

3. According to Burke, why is procreation pleasurable?

4. What examples does Burke use to prove that people agree upon sensory observations?

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

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