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Multiple Choice Questions

1. To what effect does Burke use the example of the Turkish emperor?
(a) To prove the existence of innate knowledge.
(b) To question the validity of theories on sculpture.
(c) To demonstrate the barbarity of the Turks.
(d) To illustrate the difference between taste and knowledge.

2. What is Burke's argument that infinity exists in pleasing objects?
(a) Pleasantness is a feeling that goes on forever within our minds.
(b) Infinity itself is a pleasant concept, so an infinite object must be pleasant.
(c) The only truly pleasing object is the night sky, which is truly infinite.
(d) Humans are pleased by the unlimited potential of these objects.

3. Why are certain drugs enjoyable, according to Burke?
(a) Because people become accustomed to their pleasurable effects.
(b) Because people can get them for a low cost.
(c) Because the users have no idea of the potential harm of the drug.
(d) Because the users only take them for their healthy properties.

4. What, according to Burke, is most striking to this creative power of mind?
(a) The quality of laughter in human communication.
(b) Comparing resemblances between or imitations of two distinct objects.
(c) The potential value of an object.
(d) Arguments of fairness in disagreements among social unequals.

5. What, according to Burke, is the first and most simple emotion of the human mind?
(a) Hunger, or longing.
(b) Indifference, or lassitude.
(c) Curiosity, or novelty.
(d) Fear, or terror.

6. To which other passions is the idea of power closely related, according to Burke?
(a) Joy and delight.
(b) Curiosity and novelty.
(c) Fear and terror.
(d) Love and desire.

7. Burke believes that "taste" arises from:
(a) Knowledge.
(b) Nature.
(c) Passion.
(d) Reflection.

8. How does Burke define "magnificence?"
(a) As the power and might of a strong warrior or noble king.
(b) As a great profusion of things that are splendid or valuable in and of themselves.
(c) As that which requires magnification due to its miniscule size.
(d) As all that delights the eye by shimmering and glittering.

9. How does Burke define solitude?
(a) As a positive pain.
(b) As a necessary evil.
(c) As a welcome release.
(d) As a pleasurable enjoyment.

10. What is this creative power of the mind incapable of producing?
(a) Anything of great consequence.
(b) Anything captivating.
(c) Anything truly new.
(d) Anything passionate.

11. What does Burke note about youth, as related to taste?
(a) That sensory pleasure is great while judgment is inaccurate.
(b) That youth is the province of true wisdom.
(c) That although judgments may not be sound, taste is excellent.
(d) That innocence does not equal ignorance.

12. What example does Burke offer to show his ideas on the effects of tragedy?
(a) A mass-murderer terrorizing the city.
(b) A mother and father losing their infant to an early death.
(c) The shocking regicide of the monarch.
(d) London being destroyed by an earthquake.

13. What literary example does Burke give as representative of magnificence?
(a) An excerpt from Milton's _Paradise Lost_.
(b) A passage from Shakespeare's _Henry IV_.
(c) One of Donne's Holy Sonnets.
(d) A folk ballad from Scotland.

14. What example does Burke use to demonstrate that differing tastes stem from the same basic root?
(a) The comparison of two historical moments.
(b) Two different types of poetry.
(c) The description of pretty ladies in a drawing room.
(d) A comparison of two breeds of a horse.

15. Why are the cries of animals sublime, according to Burke?
(a) Because they reassure listeners of their own reasoning capacities.
(b) Because they remind people of their humanity.
(c) Because they convey great ideas of pain and danger.
(d) Because they instill a feeling of sympathy in listeners.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Burke define sympathy?

2. What does Burke use as a common, but bad, example of infinity?

3. Which example does Burke use in his discussion in Section VIII about infinity?

4. To which human faculty does "taste" belong?

5. What is the same in all humans, according to Burke?

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