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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Which level of a house is protected with strong beams and rafters, and, states the author, has darkness that disappears in daylight?
(a) The attic.
(b) The cellar.
(c) Every level.
(d) The main living area.

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

4. For psychoanalysts, what do conflicted locks and keys in dreams symbolize?
(a) Sexual intimacy.
(b) Temptations.
(c) Repression.
(d) New discoveries.

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

6. Which is the best description of "La Redousse"?
(a) A massive house, well fortified and set alone on an island.
(b) A massive house, well fortified and on a hillside above the city.
(c) A humble house with no apparent resistance set alone on an island.
(d) A humble house with no apparent resistance on a hillside above the city.

7. What description does Bachelard give to Bergson's drawer metaphor?
(a) Negative objectivity.
(b) Dry poetics.
(c) Dry rationalism.
(d) Pop psychology.

8. The author believes that a well-drawn representation of a house inspires observers to do what?
(a) Yearn for the childhood house.
(b) Daydream or contemplate.
(c) Cherish their own homes.
(d) Build a dream house.

9. How is a nest connected to the foliage of the forest according to the author?
(a) It is hidden by the foliage, and constructed from the foliage.
(b) Both inspire daydreaming and poetry.
(c) Both are wonders of nature.
(d) A nest is at the mercy of surrounding foliage during windstorms.

10. Who wrote of "La Redousse"?
(a) Baudelaire.
(b) Rilke.
(c) Bachelard.
(d) Bosco.

11. Bachelard spent the majority of his career in what occupation?
(a) Architect.
(b) Scientist.
(c) Psychoanalyst.
(d) Poet.

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

13. To what iconic Van Gogh image does the author compare a bird's nest on the ground?
(a) Thatched cottage.
(b) Sunflower.
(c) Corn stalk.
(d) Childhood home.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Many houses are structured in levels, as described in "The House, from Cellar to Garret . . .,"appealing to what sense?

2. What does Bachelard believe is an antidote for claustrophobia?

3. Rilke wrote that storms seem more aggressive and hostile where?

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

5. For Bachelard, what do primal images of nests and shells offer to a person?

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