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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What quality of mind does Burke find in women that he thinks is analogous to fragility?
(a) Timidity.
(b) Forthrightness.
(c) Vapidity.
(d) Curiosity.

2. How does Burke define "association?"
(a) As a set of memories worn into the mind.
(b) As a somewhat friendly acquaintance.
(c) As a specific group of businessmen.
(d) As a group of words that defines another group of words.

3. What is Locke's general theory of language, as related by Burke?
(a) Locke argues that children are taught words before they are taught the actual meaning of words, which can confuse them.
(b) Locke illustrates the superficiality of language, arguing that it is a specious method of communication.
(c) Locke describes language as a cohesive system in which the meaning of words never varies from context to context.
(d) Locke opines that language stems from the animalistic desire of our brains to overcome adversity.

4. What causes hearing in humans, according to Burke?
(a) Waves floating through the air.
(b) Pulsations caused by physical movement.
(c) Alterations in the ether.
(d) Vibrations in the ear.

5. What body part's workings does Burke describe in detail?
(a) The joints.
(b) The eye.
(c) The liver.
(d) The heart.

6. What examples does Burke use to illustrate authority vs. affection?
(a) Fathers and mothers.
(b) Statesmen and artists.
(c) The rich and the poor.
(d) Dogs and cats.

7. Burke writes that "Beauty in distress is the most _________ kind of beauty."
(a) Confusing.
(b) Pleasurable.
(c) Affecting.
(d) Disgusting.

8. What, to Burke, is "great and amazing beyond conception?"
(a) That which can be the most effectively represented in painting or sculpture.
(b) Two strong, but abstract ideas not representable by images, but only by language.
(c) The idea that the human eye can see essentially to infinity.
(d) The depth of feeling in one particular person about one particular issue.

9. Burke contrasts smoothness to __________ in his discussion of beauty.
(a) Stickiness.
(b) Opacity.
(c) Softness.
(d) Roughness.

10. How is blackness different from darkness, according to Burke?
(a) Blackness is more of a confined idea.
(b) Darkness is less frightening than blackness.
(c) Darkness does not give one a sense of the sublime.
(d) Blackness is less imposing than darkness.

11. How does Burke define "proportion?"
(a) It is an average of height, breadth, and width.
(b) It refers to the amount of food a healthy person eats.
(c) It illustrates the properties of geometries.
(d) It is the measure of relative quantity.

12. What does Burke envision would be the result of fitness trumping beauty in the human species?
(a) The general intelligence quotient would rise dramatically.
(b) Men would be considered more beautiful than women.
(c) All people would be healthy, regardless of their looks.
(d) Individuals would find it difficult to get married and begin families.

13. What example does Burke use in his argument that perfection is not the cause of beauty?
(a) Flowers whose wayward stalks or blooms are expressions of beauty.
(b) The industrious bustle of a market town or busy port can be called beautiful.
(c) A scenic mountain view that, though broken by heavy clouds, is beautiful.
(d) Women whose imperfections and weaknesses make them beautiful.

14. What, according to Burke, must be utilized regularly lest it/they fall into disrepair?
(a) The skill of speaking another language.
(b) Dancing, fencing, and painting.
(c) The passions and the understanding.
(d) The art of social conversation.

15. What has Burke personally observed about human beauty?
(a) That only a minority of people are not beautiful.
(b) That both beautiful and ugly people might be considered proportionate.
(c) That beauty is only skin-deep.
(d) That proportionality does indeed coincide with beauty.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does Burke compare human listening methods?

2. What are the three effects of words Burke identifies?

3. Which example does Burke use to support his argument regarding the nature of darkness?

4. How does this body part produce the sense of the sublime, according to Burke?

5. What is one of the primary causes of words influencing the passions?

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