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Multiple Choice Questions

1. The objectivity of a house, states Bachelard, is separate from what?
(a) Its decor.
(b) Subjective matters of taste and style.
(c) Subjective feelings and dreams.
(d) The objects it contains.

2. For Bachelard, breaking from the principles of scientific prudence is necessary in order to do what?
(a) Establish a metaphysics of the imagination.
(b) Relax at home.
(c) Understand causality.
(d) Study psychoanalysis.

3. Poetry stimulates what sort of response in the reader in the opinion of Bachelard?
(a) A forgotten image.
(b) Rhythmic thoughts.
(c) Appreciation for rhymes.
(d) Fear of isolation.

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

5. Bergson called drawers concepts into which what is classified?
(a) Psychological development.
(b) Dreams.
(c) Experience.
(d) Knowledge or thinking.

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

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

8. As explained in "The House, from Cellar to Garret . . .," what is the main benefit of a house?
(a) To protect property.
(b) To shelter daydreaming.
(c) To create cities.
(d) To define boundaries.

9. What can be said of a closed box, in the opinion of Bachelard?
(a) It represents the human need for secrecy and confinement.
(b) It inspires the poetic spirit.
(c) It has more to see and experience than an open chest.
(d) It represents forgotten memories.

10. What is a dream house for Bachelard?
(a) A house accessible only in dreams.
(b) A house that exists only in the poetic mind.
(c) The largest house in the area.
(d) A home one dreams of owning or a home one purchases and alters.

11. Which professional professes to understand and interpret images?
(a) Artist.
(b) Psychologist.
(c) Psychoanalyst.
(d) Philosopher.

12. What does a metaphor present?
(a) A tangible object as an intangible notion that is otherwise difficult to express.
(b) An intangible object as a tangible notion that is otherwise difficult to express.
(c) An intangible object described in full detail.
(d) A tangible object described in full detail.

13. What is a commitment of the soul according to the author?
(a) Shelter.
(b) Psychoanalysis.
(c) Poetry.
(d) Death.

14. What does Bachelard identify as the fatal flaw of locked boxes?
(a) Locked boxes prevent intimacy.
(b) Locked boxes defy discovery.
(c) Locks give negative energy to a house.
(d) Locks can be broken and trick boxes can be figured out.

15. How is a cathedral similar to a snail shell in the opinion of Bachelard?
(a) Quasimodo inhabited the cathedral, with its nooks and crannies, as a snail inhabits its shell.
(b) Quasimodo considered the cathedral to be claustrophobic, like a snail shell.
(c) Both seem born of their surroundings.
(d) Both are constructed of sturdy materials.

Short Answer Questions

1. What romantic notion does Bachelard dispute?

2. The painter, Vlaminck, compared the contentment of humans to what?

3. Who claimed that no man can build a nest as well as a small animal or bird?

4. Childhood is held motionless, states Bachelard, by dreaming of what?

5. As understood by Bachelard, a house features which two seemingly conflicting dimensions?

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