On Beauty and Being Just Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Elaine Scarry
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where was beauty largely noticed in the 1990's?
(a) Politics.
(b) Patriotic ideals.
(c) The humanities.
(d) Natural settings.

2. Where did Scarry find a motif?
(a) In beauty.
(b) In art.
(c) In music.
(d) In her taste.

3. Why did Matisse have the fear she did?
(a) She heard someone praise a shell she thought was ugly.
(b) She watched ivy vines slowly kill a tree.
(c) She saw a rose die.
(d) She had ignored subtle beauties.

4. Scarry says there is no end to ______________for beauty.
(a) The need.
(b) All of these.
(c) The desire.
(d) The place.

5. What does Scarry say beautiful does NOT always include?
(a) The truth.
(b) The future.
(c) The brave.
(d) The right.

6. What kind of moment does Scarry say follows most errors?
(a) A moment of clarity.
(b) A moment of revelation.
(c) A moment of decision.
(d) A moment of confusion.

7. What kind of writing from Danto is cited in this book?
(a) A sonnet.
(b) A song.
(c) An anthem.
(d) A couplet.

8. Scarry says beauty ignites a desire for ____________.
(a) Safety.
(b) Justice.
(c) The truth.
(d) All of these.

9. Whom did Danto write to in his excerpt in this book?
(a) Bethany.
(b) Beatrice.
(c) Bonnie.
(d) Brittany.

10. What was Matisse's occupation?
(a) Professor.
(b) Actor.
(c) Painter.
(d) Poet.

11. What does Scarry say has an immortal reach?
(a) Memory.
(b) Music.
(c) Art.
(d) Anger.

12. Where did Scarry first see beauty in a certain tree?
(a) A dream.
(b) A vacation.
(c) A book.
(d) A painting.

13. Why does Scarry say a certain tree loses its beauty?
(a) It doesn't belong everywhere.
(b) It gets old.
(c) It symbolizes bad things.
(d) It has seasons.

14. What struck Odysseus first about the person he visited?
(a) Her nudity.
(b) Her gentility.
(c) Her strength.
(d) Her beauty.

15. How does the poet who wrote about mistakes in beauty describe these mistakes?
(a) Strange.
(b) Unkind.
(c) Dishonest.
(d) Unpleasant.

Short Answer Questions

1. What object did Matisse write about?

2. What is Scarry's second conclusion about Odysseus's visit?

3. What kind of book is this?

4. What did Proust want to stay in front of forever?

5. What does Scarry think brings about the most social good?

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