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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. How do all emotions and passions affect the human mind?
(a) With scarring, searing effects.
(b) By natural, uniform, predictable principles.
(c) With unpredictable, greatly varying effects.
(d) By forcing the mind to yield to the heart.

2. How does Burke define pain and pleasure?
(a) They are the only essential qualities about which people are concerned.
(b) They are necessary to each other and cannot be separated.
(c) They are figments of human imagination that help us explain our world.
(d) They are each of a positive nature, not dependent upon each other.

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

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

5. What colors appropriately represent the sublime?
(a) Blacks and browns.
(b) Blues and greens.
(c) Yellows and creams.
(d) Reds and oranges.

Short Answer Questions

1. What set of animals does Burke use as examples of power and the sublime?

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

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

4. What attracts people to one another, argues Burke?

5. How does Burke define "magnificence?"

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What causes Burke to offer a second edition of "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful"?

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

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

5. Describe Burke's definition of the sublime.

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

7. What kind of infinity exists in "pleasing objects," according to Burke, and what is an example he uses to support his claim?

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

9. What, according to Burke, is sublime about religion?

10. Briefly describe the significance of human judgment to the faculty of taste.

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