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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 is NOT a property of the beautiful in music?
(a) Sweet, quiet sounds.
(b) Shrill, harsh sounds.
(c) Slow, sonorous tones.
(d) Light, feathery notes.

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

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

4. To which human faculty does Burke opine proportion belongs?
(a) To the imagination.
(b) To the senses.
(c) To the emotions.
(d) To the understanding.

5. What visual example does Burke FIRST offer in his explanation of succession and the sublime?
(a) A field of grain.
(b) A large cathedral.
(c) A colonnade of pillars.
(d) A grove of trees.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Burke separate natural and artificial objects?

2. How is blackness different from darkness, according to Burke?

3. What are the three effects of words Burke identifies?

4. What examples does Burke use to illustrate authority vs. affection?

5. Which does Burke's definition of "grace" include?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Burke mean by "fitness," and why is fitness not, according to him, the cause of beauty?

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

3. How can pain be a cause of delight, in everyday life and in effecting the sublime?

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

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

6. What is beautiful in feeling, according to Burke?

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

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

9. 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?

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

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