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Elaine Scarry
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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.

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

5. What does Scarry say is our major limitation in seeing beauty?
(a) We have to start from the beginning.
(b) We are burdened with physical needs.
(c) We rely on our sight.
(d) We do not remember past lives.

Short Answer Questions

1. What form did Scarry study most in Matisse's work?

2. When did beauty in post colonialism make a huge entrance in studies?

3. What led to Proust's desire to stay somewhere the rest of his life?

4. Why does Scarry say a certain tree loses its beauty?

5. What kind of moment does Scarry say precedes most errors?

Short Essay Questions

1. What dos Scarry say is important about works without precedence?

2. What is "The Painter and His Model, Studio Interior" about?

3. What is the first error of beauty explained by Scarry?

4. What does Scarry say errors in beauty really show us?

5. What revelations did Scarry have after reading about Odysseus?

6. Why did Plato say people had children?

7. What motif did Scarry notice in Matisse's work?

8. What does Emily Dickinson say about revelatory moments?

9. Why did Scarry include her experience of seeing an owl in this book?

10. What does Scarry say happens when the desire for beauty fades?

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