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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Contrary to the intellectual philosopher, states Bachelard, a poet may use words in what way?
(a) To describe the origins of man.
(b) To create false illusions.
(c) For rhythm and rhyme, rather than meaning.
(d) For sensitivity rather than precision.

2. How do psychoanalysts refer to the duality of self?
(a) Poet and scientist.
(b) Contained and universal.
(c) Open and closed.
(d) Introvert and extrovert.

3. In the opinion of Bachelard, a corner is a place of what sort of motion?
(a) Three-dimensional space.
(b) Repetition.
(c) Immobility.
(d) Vertical and horizontal.

4. Which French scholar envisioned a fortress town based on the spiral design of shells?
(a) Michelet.
(b) Bachelard.
(c) Palissy.
(d) Robinet.

5. The cooperative efforts of a blind shellfish and patron pea-crab exemplify what sort of behavior?
(a) Predatory.
(b) Rational.
(c) Symbiotic.
(d) Poetic.

6. What does Bachelard say makes miniatures of all things seen?
(a) Thoughts of the universe's infiniteness.
(b) Thoughts of death and afterlife.
(c) Distance to the horizon.
(d) Consideration of the nest and the shell.

7. What is unique about the nesting behavior of the cuckoo?
(a) The cuckoo builds its nest on the ground.
(b) The cuckoo builds its nest below ground, creating an ultra-cellar.
(c) The cuckoo lays its eggs in a foreign nest when the mother is away, so that mother will hatch the cuckoo eggs.
(d) The cuckoo hollows out its nest by using its breast.

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

9. Where is the character, Emily, when she recognizes that she has withdrawn into herself?
(a) Her palace.
(b) Her childhood home.
(c) Climbing a tree.
(d) A boat.

10. Bachelard proposes that a person's time, speech, and very being are affected by what?
(a) Death.
(b) Philosophy.
(c) Silence.
(d) Solitude.

11. What is the paradox of an old forest, as explained by the author?
(a) A forest seems real and concrete yet fantastic.
(b) A forest is old but contains new saplings.
(c) It seems infinite within its own boundaries.
(d) A forest is frightening yet offers a sense of security.

12. Bachelard believes that, for Baudelaire, immensity is a category of what?
(a) Immortality.
(b) Past and present.
(c) Poetic imagination.
(d) Memories.

13. In many countries, insists the author, tiny-ness is the center of what?
(a) Decision over the great.
(b) An invitation to daydream.
(c) Inadequacy.
(d) A return to childhood.

14. Who imagined a snail rolling over and over to form its shell internally?
(a) Palissy.
(b) Michelet.
(c) Robinet.
(d) Pare.

15. How does Tom Thumb's stature become believable?
(a) Via words in the pages of a book.
(b) When seen through a magnifying glass.
(c) Via personal experience.
(d) When described relative to a grain of dust.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bachelard believes that philosophers are condemned by their equals to live on which floor of a house, metaphorically speaking?

2. What idea, prevalent in novels, did Sartre seek to illuminate?

3. For Bachelard, what does the metaphor of old forests that go on without limit represent?

4. What is forgotten by Milosz's cynical character?

5. What does a phenomenologist look for?

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