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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Burke define sympathy?
(a) As a painful realization, and reasoned acceptance, of one's humanity .
(b) As an unnecessary show of weakness that will cause pain.
(c) As a desirable state of mind reached by looking inward towards one's own soul.
(d) As a sort of emotional substitution between people or through art.

2. What does Burke mean by the word "Taste?"
(a) The notions of personal style that refined, elegant people display when in public.
(b) Those faculties of the mind which form judgments upon the work of the imagination and the elegant arts.
(c) The sense of taste located on the tongue, which distinguish sweet, salty, bitter, and sour flavors.
(d) The sense of distinction that the higher social classes have above the lower social classes.

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

4. To which human faculty does "taste" belong?
(a) To the imagination.
(b) To the passions.
(c) To the will.
(d) To the soul.

5. What is the state between pleasure and pain, according to Burke?
(a) Confusion.
(b) Joy.
(c) Anger.
(d) Indifference.

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

7. What two main passions connect with this creative power of the mind?
(a) Lust and desire.
(b) Curiosity and understanding.
(c) Pain and pleasure.
(d) Love and hate.

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

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

10. How, according to Burke, can light and dark be equal?
(a) If one experiences light and dark for equal periods of time.
(b) When the overpowering nature of one creates the effect of the other.
(c) Only when quantities balance each other.
(d) Because according to science, there is no difference between light and dark.

11. Which method of teaching does Burke think best?
(a) Referring obliquely to the subject in conversation with the learner.
(b) Allowing the learner to investigate the subject.
(c) Testing the learner on the subject.
(d) Lecturing the learner on the subject.

12. How does Burke use the word "delight?"
(a) To describe the natural state of humanity.
(b) To equate that feeling with pleasure.
(c) To describe the feeling one gets when pain is removed.
(d) To demonstrate his feelings.

13. According to Burke, what is more powerful than light at representing the sublime?
(a) Humanity.
(b) Fire.
(c) Water.
(d) Darkness.

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

15. 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) Humans are pleased by the unlimited potential of these objects.
(d) The only truly pleasing object is the night sky, which is truly infinite.

Short Answer Questions

1. What set of animals does Burke use as examples of power and the sublime?

2. Which idea is more effective over the other in affecting the imagination, according to Burke?

3. What example does Burke use to demonstrate that differing tastes stem from the same basic root?

4. What is the general reason Burke wrote the book, as stated in the First Preface?

5. According to Burke, why is procreation pleasurable?

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