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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. According to Burke, who is most capable of beauty?
(a) The female sex.
(b) Elegant aristocrats.
(c) The male sex.
(d) Rustic peasants.

2. To what does Burke refer when he introduces physiognomy as part of beauty?
(a) The height of the individual.
(b) The shape of the bust.
(c) The facial features.
(d) The elegance of one's steps.

3. What is the effect of opiates or liquors, according to Burke?
(a) They strengthen the connection and clarity between mind and body.
(b) They force the body to yield to the superior power of the mind.
(c) They harm both the mind and the body to a tragic degree.
(d) They suspend the passions by inciting a different reaction in the body.

4. What does Burke consider darkness to be?
(a) The least imposing natural phenomenon.
(b) The highest level of the sublime.
(c) Something with which all people are comfortable.
(d) Terrible in its own nature.

5. How does Burke separate natural and artificial objects?
(a) By categorizing properties of nature and artifice in a long treatise.
(b) By claiming to distinguish nature and artifice as it pertains to humans.
(c) By separating the effects which they have on a person.
(d) By asserting that the natural always prevails over the artificial.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does Burke compare human listening methods?

2. How does Burke define "gradual variation?"

3. Which example does Burke use to support his argument regarding the nature of darkness?

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

5. According to Burke, what is the mechanical reason darkness is terrible?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Burke define ugliness, and how does Burke relate ugliness to beauty?

6. In his discussion of proportionality among human figures, what censure does Burke lay upon advocates proportion-as-beauty?

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

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

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

10. What is the "real" cause of beauty, according to Burke?

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