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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 percentage of the time should one not respond to criticisms of one's artwork?

2. According to Pound, what nation is not civilized?

3. Who is the author of "Guide to Kulchur"?

4. What is the effect Pound sees in usury?

5. What philosopher is the subject of the first essay in Section I?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Pound say about knowledge and culture in "Guide to Kulchur: Part Two"?

2. What does Pound say about answering critics?

3. Why does Pound say Jefferson was wise in "Human Wishes?"

4. What does Pound say about Shakespeare's plays? About his poetry?

5. Give an example of aesthetic criticism in "Guide to Kulchur".

6. How does Pound's view of Dr. Johnson's 'London' and T. S. Eliot's preface in it change after he breaks from them to discuss various writings?

7. What does "Maxims of Prudence" say about collaborating with men?

8. What does "Guide to Kulchur: Part One" say about things that cannot be understood? How does this apply to philosophy?

9. Explain the two sorts of ideas Pound identifies in "The New Learning."

10. Why does Pound commend Aristotle in "The History of Philosophy Is ...?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the importance Pound places on reading and literature. How does he express his view that reading is imperative to understanding in "Guide to Kulchur"?

Essay Topic 2

What is the message Pound conveys in "Guide to Kulchur"? Explain at least three ways he achieves this.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast aristocracy and oligarchy. What are Pound's views on each? Which is a "better" form of government, according to Pound? Why?

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