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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 causes hearing in humans, according to Burke?
(a) Vibrations in the ear.
(b) Alterations in the ether.
(c) Pulsations caused by physical movement.
(d) Waves floating through the air.

2. Who was Campanella, and for what was he famous?
(a) He was a statesman famous for brokering deals between opposing parties.
(b) He was a soldier-sailor famous for acts of bravery at a crucial battle.
(c) He was a monk famous for mimicking the facial expressions of others.
(d) He was an artist and poet famous for his depictions of ancient Greece and Rome.

3. What does Burke criticize about the patrons of proportion?
(a) That they have not expanded their architectural projects enough.
(b) That they view their own works and views as superior to nature.
(c) That they are disproportionate and ugly.
(d) That they are not clear enough in defining proportionality.

4. What examples does Burke use to prove that human proportionality does not necessarily equal human beauty?
(a) Painting and sculpture.
(b) Lyric and rhyme.
(c) Trees and flowers.
(d) Learning and habit.

5. To which scientific finding does Burke compare his study of the beautiful and sublime?
(a) Albertus Magnus' alchemical experiments.
(b) Newton's theory of gravity.
(c) Tycho Brahe's astronomical observations.
(d) Galileo's proof of a heliocentric Earth.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Burke describe "delightful horror?"

2. Which of the following does Burke assert about beauty?

3. Which kinds of words do not produce mental images, according to Burke?

4. What body part's workings does Burke describe in detail?

5. Upon what does the power of poetry NOT depend, according to Burke?

Short Essay Questions

1. What, according to Burke, is the primary strength of poetry?

2. Paraphrase Burke's definition of beauty and the distinction he makes between love and lust or desire.

3. How does Burke define deformity?

4. What is unique about the historical figure of Campanella, as related by Burke?

5. What does Burke assert affects the mind besides natural causes, and how does this thing relate to natural causes?

6. How does the body react physically to emotions of love, per Burke's observations?

7. How does Burke use women as examples to demonstrate some of the aspects of beauty?

8. According to Burke, how does the human eye work?

9. What, to Burke, is the most affecting type of language in poetry and literature?

10. What two examples does Burke use to illustrate the sublimity of succession in visual objects? Upon which principles does Burke assert these two examples operate?

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