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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. What kind of colors are unfit to produce what Burke terms "grand images?"
(a) Cheerful colors.
(b) Bold colors.
(c) Jewel tones.
(d) Earth tones.

2. How does Burke define sympathy?
(a) As a sort of emotional substitution between people or through art.
(b) As an unnecessary show of weakness that will cause pain.
(c) As a painful realization, and reasoned acceptance, of one's humanity .
(d) As a desirable state of mind reached by looking inward towards one's own soul.

3. What does Burke use as a common, but bad, example of infinity?
(a) A cross.
(b) A snake.
(c) A mountain.
(d) An ocean.

4. How do sublime buildings look, according to Burke?
(a) Dark and gloomy.
(b) Architecturally balanced.
(c) Heavily built.
(d) Light and airy.

5. Why are the cries of animals sublime, according to Burke?
(a) Because they convey great ideas of pain and danger.
(b) Because they remind people of their humanity.
(c) Because they instill a feeling of sympathy in listeners.
(d) Because they reassure listeners of their own reasoning capacities.

Short Answer Questions

1. What problem does Burke see with the contemporary notion of "taste?"

2. What will be Burke's focus in "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful"?

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

4. According to Burke, what will the result be of the long, close study of an object?

5. What does Burke mean by the word "Taste?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Burke describe sympathy?

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

5. What is "magnificence," according to Burke?

6. What types of colors are productive of the sublime, and which colors are not, according to Burke?

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

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

9. What are some of the cautions or caveats Burke offers to his readers in the Second Preface?

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

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