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. What bird did Scarry see in a tree that shocked her?
(a) A crow.
(b) An owl.
(c) An eagle.
(d) A mockingbird.

2. What form did Scarry study most in Matisse's work?
(a) Originals.
(b) Prints.
(c) Catalogues.
(d) Glices.

3. When does Scarry say beauty is not sacred?
(a) When it is corrupted.
(b) When it is immortal.
(c) When it is mortal.
(d) When it is used for evil.

4. Why does Scarry think Matisse will reach more people than her?
(a) He held grudges.
(b) He was famous.
(c) He had children.
(d) He was an artist.

5. What does Scarry say about things that once were beautiful but change?
(a) They are hard on the heart.
(b) They confuse the ideas of beauty.
(c) They show use ourselves.
(d) All of these.

6. Why was Voroccio important to Da Vinci?
(a) He had an affair with Da Vinci.
(b) He tutored under Da Vinci.
(c) He inspired Da Vinci.
(d) He was a father figure to Da Vinci.

7. Which one of these is one of the errors in beauty listed in this book?
(a) The variety of perspectives.
(b) All the abuse it causes.
(c) Attributes being unevenly noted.
(d) The self indulgence of it.

8. What does Scarry say validates the existence of some things?
(a) Its reputation.
(b) Its beauty.
(c) Its affect on other things.
(d) Its place in history.

9. How did Scarry feel about Proust's idea of where the most beauty could be found?
(a) She disagrees.
(b) She sees the merit, but thinks it is too bold.
(c) She agrees.
(d) She thinks it is a cowardly description.

10. What is "The Painter and His Model, Studio Interior" about?
(a) The beauty of nature.
(b) The cause of art.
(c) The act of painting.
(d) The artist's lifestyle.

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

12. What does Matisse say her preference in trees kept her from doing?
(a) Seeing beauty all around.
(b) Accepting other cultures.
(c) Living a full life.
(d) Believing others ideas.

13. What is Scarry's second conclusion about Odysseus's visit?
(a) Beauty is new.
(b) Beauty is sacred if it is mortal.
(c) Beauty is life saving.
(d) Beauty is sacred if it is immortal.

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

15. What does Scarry say marked works created imperfectly?
(a) The need for impulses.
(b) The need for beauty.
(c) The desire to attempt creation.
(d) The desire to reach perfection.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Da Vinci create beauty?

2. What does Scarry say we should stop doing to objects?

3. What kind of approach does Scarry say Marxism takes?

4. To what kind of craving does Scarry compare beauty?

5. What did Scarry say many philosophers had a hard time doing?

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