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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Arts and their Interpretation.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What idea of Locke's survived the Enlightenment into Romanticism?
(a) The idea of inevitable progress.
(b) The idea of transcendent experiences.
(c) The idea mystical states.
(d) The idea of natural rights.

2. How does Wilson characterize the relationship between ecology and ethics?
(a) By valuing previously unvalued phenomena, ecology develops its own unique ethics.
(b) Without tangible laws of ethics, ecology is always an approximate science, ethically.
(c) By studying how people assign values, we find that ecology has always had an ethical scale of value.
(d) Without analysis in ecology, there is little basis for making ethical claims.

3. What did Enlightenment thinkers tried to link, in Wilson's account?
(a) Reason and religion.
(b) Humanity and philosophy.
(c) Man and animal.
(d) Science and humanities.

4. What does Edmund Wilson say is the logic behind consilience?
(a) Interpretation of art by science.
(b) Interdependence of art and humanities.
(c) Mutual interpretation of arts and sciences.
(d) Generation of science by art.

5. What does Wilson offer as evidence of cross-cultural epi-genetic rules?
(a) Mating rituals.
(b) Regional cuisine.
(c) Councils.
(d) Myths.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where do science and the arts both originate, according to Wilson?

2. What is the social cost of violating the incest taboo?

3. How does consilience help us understand organisms?

4. How can scientists monitor the working brain, in Wilson's account?

5. What is the problem with anthropology, in Edmund Wilson's estimation?

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