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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What will be Burke's focus in "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful"?
(a) The full meanings and social impacts of the beautiful and sublime.
(b) The origins of our ideas of the beautiful and sublime.
(c) The beautiful and sublime as they appear in Milton's _Paradise Lost_.
(d) The beautiful and sublime as they relate to contemporary politics.
2. In which instance are feelings productive of the sublime?
(a) When the feelings are of love and desire.
(b) When the feelings are of delight and joy.
(c) When the feelings are of confusion and depression.
(d) When the feelings are of pain or anguish.
3. What is the state between pleasure and pain, according to Burke?
4. How does Burke define "strength?"
(a) As "careful concentration."
(b) As "natural power."
(c) As "earned glory."
(d) As "wild freedom."
5. 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 wishes to expand and further illustrate his theories.
(c) He realizes that he could make more money selling a second edition.
(d) He wishes to directly challenge the criticism of the first edition.
6. To which human faculty does "taste" belong?
(a) To the passions.
(b) To the imagination.
(c) To the will.
(d) To the soul.
7. What, according to Burke, affects the passions and most incites admiration?
(a) That with which we are closely acquainted.
(b) That which is human made and manufactured.
(c) That which can be explained in lay terms.
(d) That which we know little or nothing about.
8. What does Burke use as a common, but bad, example of infinity?
(a) A cross.
(b) An ocean.
(c) A mountain.
(d) A snake.
9. What problem does Burke find with merely defining a term like "taste?"
(a) People may disagree with and contest his definition.
(b) Taste is only an idea, not a reality, so it cannot be defined or described.
(c) The process of defining the term may go on forever, and become overwhelming.
(d) There is a danger of confining and limiting the term to our present understanding.
10. What is Burke's argument that infinity exists in pleasing objects?
(a) The only truly pleasing object is the night sky, which is truly infinite.
(b) Pleasantness is a feeling that goes on forever within our minds.
(c) Humans are pleased by the unlimited potential of these objects.
(d) Infinity itself is a pleasant concept, so an infinite object must be pleasant.
11. Which idea is more effective over the other in affecting the imagination, according to Burke?
(a) Obscurity, rather than clarity.
(b) Originality, rather than imitation.
(c) Refinement, rather than coarseness.
(d) Shock value, rather than predictability.
12. According to Burke, what is more powerful than light at representing the sublime?
13. What literary example does Burke give as representative of magnificence?
(a) A passage from Shakespeare's _Henry IV_.
(b) An excerpt from Milton's _Paradise Lost_.
(c) One of Donne's Holy Sonnets.
(d) A folk ballad from Scotland.
14. What, according to Burke, is the cause of wrong "taste" in a person?
(a) An overabundance of passion.
(b) A defect of judgment.
(c) A failure of the imagination.
(d) A failure of propriety.
15. How does Burke use the word "delight?"
(a) To describe the feeling one gets when pain is removed.
(b) To describe the natural state of humanity.
(c) To demonstrate his feelings.
(d) To equate that feeling with pleasure.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Burke define "grief?"
2. What kinds of sounds does Burke say can be sublime?
3. How does Burke define "magnificence?"
4. What does Burke assert about sensory observation?
5. What is Burke's general plan of action for this book?
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