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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. Why, according to Burke, is the idea of God sublime?
(a) Because the notion of so much power overwhelms the understanding.
(b) Because the love generated in one's soul is all-consuming.
(c) Because the idea itself is not describable in words.
(d) Because the intellectual response is weighty and considerable.

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

3. What smells or tastes are, according to Burke, the only smells or tastes capable of producing grand sensations?
(a) Saltiness and flowery odors.
(b) Bitterness and terrible stenches.
(c) Sourness and tangy smells.
(d) Sweetness and spicy odors.

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

5. What, according to Burke, is the cause of wrong "taste" in a person?
(a) A failure of propriety.
(b) A defect of judgment.
(c) An overabundance of passion.
(d) A failure of the imagination.

Short Answer Questions

1. What, according to Burke, affects the passions and most incites admiration?

2. How do smells and tastes become sublime most effectively?

3. Into which two classes does Burke group the passions of society?

4. What does Burke use as an example of difficulty as greatness?

5. How does Burke define solitude?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why, according to Burke, are the principles of reason and taste the same in all humans?

2. What does Burke argue about tastes that deviate from causes other than habit or use?

3. What motivated Burke to write "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful"?

4. What is the difference between taste and knowledge, according to Burke?

5. What is astonishment, according to Burke, and why is it important?

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

7. Summarize Burke's section about the role of smells and tastes relating to the sublime.

8. How does Burke describe sympathy?

9. Describe Burke's idea of beauty.

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

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