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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 are sources of the "sublime?"
(a) Anything that promotes pleasure.
(b) Anything that excites terror, pain, or danger.
(c) Anything of beauty.
(d) Anything that causes the subject to think deeply.

2. What does Burke want "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful" to accomplish?
(a) The Enquiry will disprove older theories.
(b) The Enquiry will teach people about nature.
(c) The Enquiry will be useful in schools.
(d) The Enquiry will open minds.

3. What passion does Burke identify as most effectively robing the mind of reasoning?
(a) Disgust.
(b) Fear.
(c) Love.
(d) Anger.

4. Which medium does Burke feel arouses the passions most effectively?
(a) Poetry.
(b) Painting.
(c) Architecture.
(d) Sculpture.

5. What is the main manifestation of infinity Burke mentions?
(a) A frequently repeated idea or motion.
(b) A recurring dream or nightmare.
(c) A seemingly endless journey.
(d) A quiet walk in a grove of trees.

Short Answer Questions

1. In which instance are feelings productive of the sublime?

2. What example does Burke use to demonstrate that differing tastes stem from the same basic root?

3. What problem does Burke find with merely defining a term like "taste?"

4. To what effect does Burke use the example of the Turkish emperor?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe Burke's idea of beauty.

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

10. Describe Burke's definition of the sublime.

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