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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 does Burke describe "delightful horror?"
(a) As "tranquility tinged with terror."
(b) As a "positively painful process."
(c) As an "impossible state of mind."
(d) As the "most contradictory emotion."

2. What, according to Burke, is the state of a man whose teeth are set and whose forehead is wrinkled?
(a) Great pain.
(b) Utter delight.
(c) Complete confusion.
(d) Terrible wrath.

3. What body part's workings does Burke describe in detail?
(a) The heart.
(b) The eye.
(c) The liver.
(d) The joints.

4. What is John Locke's theory concerning darkness?
(a) Darkness is not naturally terrifying.
(b) Darkness must be feared.
(c) Darkness is necessary to our ideas of death.
(d) Darkness represents human sin.

5. How does Burke define "blackness?"
(a) As "increased darkness."
(b) As "potentially dangerous."
(c) As "partial darkness."
(d) As "necessarily evil."

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of word are man, castle, horse, etc., as defined by Burke?

2. What example does Burke use in his argument that perfection is not the cause of beauty?

3. How should the eye move, in order to qualify as beautiful, according to Burke?

4. Which two effects are often combined and alternated under the passions mentioned in question 7?

5. How does Burke separate natural and artificial objects?

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize the difference between Locke's idea of the nature of darkness and Burke's idea of the nature of darkness.

2. Why, according to Burke, is proportion not the cause of beauty in vegetation and animals?

3. To what effect does Burke use the example of Campanella?

4. According to Burke, why is the taste of sweetness pleasant, and how does he decide this?

5. How does Burke define proportion, and under which human faculty does it fall?

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

7. What example does Burke use to demonstrate that perfection is not the cause of beauty?

8. Why, according to Burke, are humans readily affected by the passions of others?

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

10. What are the physical effects of fear and pain, and what is the difference between fear and pain, as observed by Burke?

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