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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What passage does Burke offer as an example of the effect of words?
(a) A monologue from a dramatic production.
(b) A satirical essay about religion.
(c) A travel account of Syria.
(d) A description of the Danube river.

2. What does Burke expressly wish to discuss in this part of "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful"?
(a) The different cultural concepts of the beautiful in countries other than England.
(b) The various manifestations of the sublime and the beautiful in early-modern England.
(c) The connections between the thoughts in the mind and emotions produced in the body.
(d) The usefulness of the sublime in formulating theories of art.

3. What does Burke consider darkness to be?
(a) Terrible in its own nature.
(b) The highest level of the sublime.
(c) The least imposing natural phenomenon.
(d) Something with which all people are comfortable.

4. What is the effect of opiates or liquors, according to Burke?
(a) They suspend the passions by inciting a different reaction in the body.
(b) They harm both the mind and the body to a tragic degree.
(c) They strengthen the connection and clarity between mind and body.
(d) They force the body to yield to the superior power of the mind.

5. What emotion has the physical effects of a reclined head, half-closed eyelids, and sighing breath, according to Burke?
(a) Sadness.
(b) Love.
(c) Fear.
(d) Curiosity.

6. To what does Burke compare human listening methods?
(a) Animals pricking up their ears.
(b) Children tossing and turning in sleep.
(c) Fish darting through the water.
(d) Birds flying away at sudden noises.

7. Which is one of the examples Burke cites to demonstrate the sublime in poetry?
(a) A description of Helen of Troy.
(b) An elegy on the death of Milton.
(c) A love poem to Aphrodite.
(d) A ballad about the battle of Culloden.

8. What, according to Burke, is the state of a man whose teeth are set and whose forehead is wrinkled?
(a) Terrible wrath.
(b) Great pain.
(c) Utter delight.
(d) Complete confusion.

9. 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) All people would be healthy, regardless of their looks.
(c) Men would be considered more beautiful than women.
(d) Individuals would find it difficult to get married and begin families.

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

11. How does beauty act upon the human mind?
(a) Spiritually, through the soul.
(b) Imaginatively, through dreams and fantasies.
(c) Logically, through consideration of utility.
(d) Mechanically, through the five senses.

12. What example does Burke cite in his discussion of how people may convey ideas of things which they do not know?
(a) A sickly child.
(b) A crippled politician.
(c) A blind poet.
(d) A deaf musician.

13. To what does Burke oppose delicacy and fragility?
(a) Whining and crying.
(b) Courage and honor.
(c) Dignity and fortitude.
(d) Robustness and strength.

14. How should the eye move, in order to qualify as beautiful, according to Burke?
(a) Upward and to the right.
(b) Suddenly and jerkily.
(c) Rapidly and avidly.
(d) Slowly and languidly.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does Burke refer when he introduces physiognomy as part of beauty?

2. Which kinds of words do not produce mental images, according to Burke?

3. Who was Campanella, and for what was he famous?

4. How does Burke define "gradual variation?"

5. What examples does Burke use to prove that human proportionality does not necessarily equal human beauty?

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