The Poetics of Space Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Corners.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Victor Hugo's literary character, Quasimodo, described what as "egg, nest, house, country and universe"?
(a) The Taj Mahal.
(b) Notre Dame Cathedral.
(c) Canterbury Cathedral.
(d) Aachen Cathedral.

2. A corner is a half-box between what two entities as described by Bachelard?
(a) Freedom and entrapment.
(b) Inside and outside.
(c) Vertical and horizontal.
(d) Flat and three-dimensional.

3. Why is the city house no longer cosmic for the author?
(a) The city house, or apartment, is usually not one's childhood home.
(b) The city house, or apartment, has no intimacy because it shares common walls.
(c) The city house, or apartment, has no verticality because elevators have replaced stairs.
(d) The city house, or apartment, has no security because too many people live too close together.

4. Rilke wrote that storms seem more aggressive and hostile where?
(a) In the winter.
(b) In the summer.
(c) In the countryside.
(d) In cities.

5. How does Bachelard say we experience a house buried in a blanket of snow in what way?
(a) As a baby in a cradle.
(b) As a universal child from centuries earlier.
(c) As a butterfly in a chrysalis.
(d) As a warning of death.

Short Answer Questions

1. Poets, states Bachelard, use words to bring together what two entities?

2. In the opinion of Bachelard, a corner is a place of what sort of motion?

3. What does every corner or angle in a house symbolize for Bachelard?

4. Bachelard believes that rooms and houses are psychological diagrams writers and poets use to analyze what?

5. Bachelard, expanding on the work of Rilke, proposes that a box top, like the cover of a pot, may do what?

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