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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 realizes that he could make more money selling a second edition.
(c) He wishes to directly challenge the criticism of the first edition.
(d) He wishes to expand and further illustrate his theories.

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

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

5. What, according to Burke, affects the passions and most incites admiration?
(a) That which can be explained in lay terms.
(b) That with which we are closely acquainted.
(c) That which is human made and manufactured.
(d) That which we know little or nothing about.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kinds of sounds does Burke say can be sublime?

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

3. Burke's general definition for "obscurity" is:

4. According to Burke, what is more powerful than light at representing the sublime?

5. How does Burke define pain and pleasure?

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize Burke's definition of pain and pleasure.

2. What is the significance of the imagination, to Burke?

3. What does Burke identify as the central tension between the imagination and the judgment?

4. According to Burke, why can grief be considered pleasurable?

5. Describe the passions belonging to society, as Burke introduces them.

6. What is Burke's idea of "artificial infinity?"

7. What qualities of sound produce the sublime, according to Burke?

8. What is the main problem with creating prescribed definitions, especially of taste, according to Burke?

9. Describe the types of dimensional greatness Burke notes are part of the sublime.

10. Describe the main difference between light and dark relative to the sublime.

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