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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 does Burke envision would be the result of fitness trumping beauty in the human species?
(a) Individuals would find it difficult to get married and begin families.
(b) All people would be healthy, regardless of their looks.
(c) Men would be considered more beautiful than women.
(d) The general intelligence quotient would rise dramatically.

2. To what does Burke compare human listening methods?
(a) Children tossing and turning in sleep.
(b) Birds flying away at sudden noises.
(c) Fish darting through the water.
(d) Animals pricking up their ears.

3. What does NOT make certain objects or experiences affect us the way they do?
(a) Any natural power of the thing.
(b) Any learning about the thing.
(c) Any associations we form around the thing.
(d) Any strong memories regarding the thing.

4. How does Burke define "proportion?"
(a) It refers to the amount of food a healthy person eats.
(b) It illustrates the properties of geometries.
(c) It is an average of height, breadth, and width.
(d) It is the measure of relative quantity.

5. Where, besides in humans, has Burke observed the effects of the passions mentioned in question 133?
(a) In horses.
(b) In cats.
(c) In birds.
(d) In dogs.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Burke term "simple abstract" words?

2. What recognizable figure does Burke term a "forced analogy?"

3. How does Burke define "love?"

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

5. What is Burke's general opinion of linking beauty to virtue?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. How does Burke define deformity?

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

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