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

Elaine Scarry
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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 kind of tree did Matisse always hate?

2. Scarry says most beauty is what kind of event?

3. What did Wittgenstein say marked true beauty?

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

5. What does Scarry say is the general attitude toward beauty?

Short Essay Questions

1. What shocked Scarry about seeing a real owl?

2. What does Scarry use as her examples against those who said beauty was bad?

3. How does Scarry feel about the political implications on beauty in her time?

4. What mental actions does Scarry write about, and what do they cause?

5. What did Wittgenstein say marked true beauty?

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

7. What did Proust want to spend his life doing, and why?

8. What kind of change in beauty is easier for Scarry to deal with and why?

9. What does Scarry say about the metaphysical qualities of beauty?

10. What did critics of beauty in Scarry's time say about beauty?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What was your favorite quote from this book, and why was it so significant to you?

Essay Topic 2

What was the analogy of the garden, and what message was sent through that analogy?

Essay Topic 3

What were the four examples Scarry used to claim that beauty causes no harm, and how were they used?

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