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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What example does Burke give for a sublime sound?
(a) Lapping waves.
(b) Childish laughter.
(c) Artillery booming.
(d) Running water.

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

5. What does Burke use as an example of difficulty as greatness?
(a) Roman aqueducts.
(b) The Pyramids of Egypt.
(c) The Great Wall of China.
(d) Stonehenge.

6. What are sources of the "sublime?"
(a) Anything that promotes pleasure.
(b) Anything that causes the subject to think deeply.
(c) Anything of beauty.
(d) Anything that excites terror, pain, or danger.

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

8. What examples does Burke use to argue that some sights are pleasurable to all people?
(a) Objects or ideas that he argues are morally repugnant.
(b) Objects he and others he knows think are beautiful.
(c) Objects he opines are among the ugliest animal species.
(d) Objects he says can only be found in country estates.

9. What is the general reason Burke wrote the book, as stated in the First Preface?
(a) Burke wanted to make money with the publication of this treatise.
(b) Burke completely disagreed with all else written on the sublime and the beautiful.
(c) Burke was initially at a loss to coherently describe the sublime and beautiful.
(d) Burke was taking dictation on the subject from his longtime mentor.

10. In Burke's opinion, at what depiction do painters most notably fail?
(a) The depiction of the sea.
(b) The depiction of hell.
(c) The depiction of nobility.
(d) The depiction of lovers.

11. What attracts people to one another, argues Burke?
(a) Wealth.
(b) Personality.
(c) Intelligence.
(d) Beauty.

12. 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 the power and might of a strong warrior or noble king.
(d) As that which requires magnification due to its miniscule size.

13. How does Burke define "grief?"
(a) As the most desirable of the sensibilities because it is strong.
(b) As that feeling when an object is so lost that one can never enjoy it again.
(c) As the natural state of relationships between all people.
(d) As one of many types of positive pain.

14. What does Burke say is the primary passion ignited by the sublime?
(a) Joy.
(b) Astonishment.
(c) Anger.
(d) Confusion.

15. What does Burke assert is present in every religion, to some degree?
(a) A single deity.
(b) A salutary fear.
(c) A prophet.
(d) A mode of forgiveness.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Burke note about youth, as related to taste?

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

3. How does Burke define pain and pleasure?

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

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

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