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. According to Burke, what parts of the mind do beautiful things engage, and how?

2. What has Burke personally observed about human beauty?

3. What is the effect of opiates or liquors, according to Burke?

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

5. How does Burke define "association?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Burke mean by "fitness," and why is fitness not, according to him, the cause of beauty?

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

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

7. Briefly summarize the three classes of words that Burke identifies.

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

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

10. 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?

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

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?

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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