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Multiple Choice Questions

1. The author proposes that loving the space in a house that opens to anywhere is an example of what?
(a) Desire to move to a new house.
(b) Poetic irony.
(c) Schizophrenia.
(d) Objective irony.

2. When should metaphor be used, in Bachelard's opinion?
(a) Frequently, to add color and variety to expression.
(b) Rarely, only to add complexity to a poem.
(c) Frequently, to stimulate creativity.
(d) Rarely, only when words are inadequate.

3. Memories and images of previous dwelling places converge where according to the author?
(a) The soul.
(b) The imagination.
(c) The new house.
(d) Poetry.

4. Why does Bachelard disagree with Bergson's metaphor of drawers to describe the human brain?
(a) Items get lost in drawers.
(b) He wonders how reason determines which drawer should contain each new object.
(c) He wonders how objects would be retrieved from the drawers.
(d) A chest of drawers is finite, while the brain's capacity is infinite.

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

6. What does Bachelard believe is an antidote for claustrophobia?
(a) Light colors.
(b) Stairways.
(c) Dynamic houses that open back out to the universe.
(d) Spending time away from one's house.

7. Bachelard wrote of the menagerie of what?
(a) The storm cloud.
(b) Animal life.
(c) Human existence.
(d) The hurricane.

8. Ultimately, as explained in "The House, from Cellar to Garret . . .," what can be used to communicate with other souls?
(a) Spirituality.
(b) Emerging from one's home to experience the world.
(c) Music.
(d) Poetry or daydreaming.

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

10. Childhood is held motionless, states Bachelard, by dreaming of what?
(a) The phenomenology of motherhood.
(b) Stick-figure drawings.
(c) Nursery rhymes.
(d) The house where one was born.

11. What is Bachelard's metaphor of the chrysalis?
(a) From the unnoticed chrysalis, the flamboyant butterfly flies.
(b) From the sturdy chrysalis, the delicate butterfly emerges.
(c) From the childhood chrysalis, the butterfly moves to a new house.
(d) From the cottage chrysalis, the winged manor flies.

12. The painter, Vlaminck, compared the contentment of humans to what?
(a) The refuge a rat finds in his hole or a rabbit in his burrow.
(b) The security of a chrysalis.
(c) The majesty of a cathedral.
(d) The security of a snail shell.

13. For Bachelard, why is the inner space of a wardrobe an intimate space?
(a) When closed, the inner space disappears.
(b) Clothing is part of one's persona.
(c) Not everyone sees it.
(d) Clothing reveals dreams.

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

15. With what did Pasternak identify the nest?
(a) Nature.
(b) Poetry.
(c) The childhood house.
(d) The world and its center.

Short Answer Questions

1. The author believes that a well-drawn representation of a house inspires observers to do what?

2. Bachelard spent the majority of his career in what occupation?

3. The philosopher Minkowski conducted an analysis of what?

4. In the works of Edgar Allan Poe, murder and mayhem usually occur where?

5. Who claimed that only the image can keep up with the changes of nature?

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