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. How does Burke describe "delightful horror?"

2. How, according to Burke, can we be affected by things we as individuals never experienced?

3. What does Burke envision would be the result of fitness trumping beauty in the human species?

4. To what does Burke oppose delicacy and fragility?

5. According to Burke, why is sweetness pleasing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Burke use women as examples to demonstrate some of the aspects of beauty?

3. Why, according to Burke, are humans readily affected by the passions of others?

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Summarize Burke's definition of pain and pleasure. How do they exist relative to one another? How do they influence human passions? What state of being does one occupy when experiencing neither pain nor pleasure? How does Burke distinguish delight from pleasure, and how does he connect joy and grief? What examples does Burke use to support his definitions?

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

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"?

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