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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. Which principle fits the image of a long, bare wall, according to Burke?
(a) Perspective.
(b) Vastness.
(c) Infinity.
(d) Proportion.

2. To what does a "clear" expression relate?
(a) To one's soul and one's intellect.
(b) To one's passions and one's feelings.
(c) To one's understanding and to reality.
(d) To one's will and one's desires.

3. What statement summarizes the real effects of fitness, as described by Burke?
(a) There can be nothing sublime without being fit or beautiful.
(b) The purpose of fitness is to describe the differences between the species of animals and plants.
(c) God gave each thing a particular fitness to make us fully understand and marvel at the mysteries of the world.
(d) Fitness is designed to incite introspection and excite people into socially-important action.

4. What does Burke expressly wish to discuss in this part of "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful"?
(a) The various manifestations of the sublime and the beautiful in early-modern England.
(b) The connections between the thoughts in the mind and emotions produced in the body.
(c) The different cultural concepts of the beautiful in countries other than England.
(d) The usefulness of the sublime in formulating theories of art.

5. How does Burke define the beautiful in feeling?
(a) That which highly arouses the emotions.
(b) That which is pleasant to the touch.
(c) That which can be simultaneously seen and smelled.
(d) That which is roughly textured.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does Burke include a section on the effect of words in "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful"?

3. What examples does Burke use to prove that human proportionality does not necessarily equal human beauty?

4. How does Burke define "beauty?"

5. What does Burke criticize about the patrons of proportion?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Burke identify as the three effects of words?

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

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

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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