A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful Test | Final Test - Hard

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

2. What size of objects does Burke consider "beautiful?"

3. How does Burke define "blackness?"

4. According to Burke, why is sweetness pleasing?

5. What emotion has the physical effects of a reclined head, half-closed eyelids, and sighing breath, according to Burke?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What is unique about the historical figure of Campanella, as related by Burke?

4. What primary example does Burke cite in his argument that words may be used without being connected to images, and what is the significance of this example?

5. What does Burke propose to study in Part IV? What caveat does he offer his readers?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Burke define and categorize power? What is the significance of power to the sublime? What is power's relation to pain and pleasure? How does Burke relate danger to power? What are some of the examples Burke uses to represent power, and do you think they are accurate examples?

Essay Topic 2

In the Introduction on Taste, Burke qualifies his purpose of defining the origins of the sublime and the beautiful. What, according to Burke, is the main problem with creating prescribed definitions, especially taste? What do definitions essentially do, and in what ways can they limit rather than enlighten? Considering Burke's mission regarding and methods used in the "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful," do you find anything ambiguous or undermining about Burke's reservations on definitions? Do you find inconsistencies here that make you think differently about reading "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful"?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the physical effects of fear and pain, as observed by Burke. How do people in pain look or sound, and what is their state of mind? What passions could they be experiencing? What is the difference Burke identifies between fear and pain, as related to the body and the mind? How can pain be a cause of delight, in everyday life and in effecting the sublime? What examples does Burke use to prove this point?

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