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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Burke assert about sensory observation?

2. To which human faculty does "taste" belong?

3. What example does Burke give for a sublime sound?

4. What does Burke hope will be the result of his "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful"?

5. When might the sublime be delightful?

Short Essay Questions

1. What qualities of sound produce the sublime, according to Burke?

2. According to Burke, why can grief be considered pleasurable?

3. What does Burke identify as the central tension between the imagination and the judgment?

4. Describe the passions belonging to society, as Burke introduces them.

5. What is the significance of the senses to the faculty of taste, according to Burke?

6. What is the significance of power in Burke's Enquiry, and what is one example he gives of power?

7. What is the significance of the imagination, to Burke?

8. What causes Burke to offer a second edition of "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful"?

9. Summarize Burke's definition of pain and pleasure.

10. What is the difference between taste and knowledge, according to Burke?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Burke define proportion, and under which human faculty does it fall? Why, according to Burke, is proportion not the cause of beauty in vegetation and animals? What examples does Burke use to prove this point? In his discussion of proportionality among human figures, what censure does Burke lay upon advocates of proportion-as-beauty? What influence does the theme of nature vs. artifice have upon Burke's perceptions of proportion and beauty?

Essay Topic 2

What is unique about the historical figure of Campanella, as related by Burke? To what effect does Burke employ the example of Campanella? How does Burke's relation of his own experiences reinforce this example? What is the significance of Campanella's story to our understanding of the connection between mind and body? Have you ever encountered this phenomenon yourself, and if so, does it seem to be true? What implications or significance (social, spiritual, or otherwise) do Campanella's abilities have?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the faculty of "taste," as Burke depicts it, what are the three human faculties that affect taste? How does Burke consider the general human capacity about taste? What "agreements" does Burke assert are naturally part of taste? What does Burke argue about tastes that deviate from causes other than habit or use? Briefly describe the significance of human judgment to the faculty of taste. What is the cause of a wrong taste, and what are some examples of it? What does Burke identify as the central tension between the imagination and the judgment? How can one improve one's taste? What is the significance of pleasure to taste, and the relationship between pleasure and judgment?

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