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 does Scarry say we should stop doing to objects?
(a) Using them.
(b) Scorning them.
(c) Caring about them.
(d) Judging them.

2. What fear did Matisse write about?
(a) She had missed other beauties in life.
(b) She would die and lose her beauty.
(c) She would never be beautiful.
(d) Others would never see her beauty.

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

4. Whom did Odysseus visit?
(a) Niciria.
(b) Nausicaa.
(c) Nice.
(d) Norad.

5. When was "The Morning Session" painted?
(a) 1934.
(b) 1984.
(c) 1924.
(d) 1894.

6. What does Scarry say is the general attitude toward beauty?
(a) It causes both harm and damage.
(b) It goes back and forth.
(c) It is destructive.
(d) It is productive.

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

8. What does Scarry say Beauty's aim should be?
(a) To combat evil.
(b) To show truth.
(c) To improve society.
(d) To tell the future.

9. What kind of tree did Matisse always hate?
(a) Maple.
(b) Palm.
(c) Oak.
(d) Sycamore.

10. What kind of error does Scarry say is not an error of beauty?
(a) Visual errors.
(b) Philosophical errors.
(c) Religious error.
(d) Intellectual errors.

11. How did Da Vinci create beauty?
(a) All of these.
(b) He was an inventor.
(c) He painted.
(d) He sketched.

12. What does Scarry think beauty brings?
(a) All of these.
(b) Calmness.
(c) Confidence.
(d) Justice.

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

14. What shocked Scarry about the bird in the tree?
(a) It was beautiful.
(b) It was not how she thought it would be.
(c) It was larger than life.
(d) It was scary.

15. How does Scarry prove her ideas about beauty?
(a) She quotes old philosophers.
(b) She interviews other leaders.
(c) She gives her own experiences.
(d) She cites studies.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did Proust see the most beauty?

2. What does Matisse say her preference in trees kept her from doing?

3. Who was Wittgenstein?

4. Why does the author want to perpetuate beauty?

5. Scarry says beauty ignites a desire for ____________.

(see the answer keys)

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