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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What do poets create, according to Bachelard, to transcend conflicted night dreams?
(a) New memories.
(b) Poetic descriptions of the night.
(c) New resolutions to nightmares.
(d) Poetic daydreams.

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

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

4. According to Bachelin, which is the oldest season?
(a) Winter.
(b) Spring.
(c) Summer.
(d) Autumn.

5. Bachelard's topoanalysis considers houses with at most how many levels?
(a) Four, including cellar and attic.
(b) Two, including cellar and attic.
(c) Three, including cellar and attic.
(d) Four, excluding cellar and attic.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bachelard identify as the fatal flaw of locked boxes?

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

3. Why is the city house no longer cosmic for the author?

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

5. The philosopher Minkowski conducted an analysis of what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the "objectivity" of a house as described by Bachelard?

2. What is the symbolism associated with a hermit's hut, as described in "The House, from Cellar to Garret, The Significance of the Hut"?

3. For Bachelard, how is a nest connected with the foliage of the forest?

4. Why does Bachelard believe the ability to imagine is a major power of human nature?

5. What is the significance of the wardrobe in relation to a house as described by the author in "Drawers, Chests and Wardrobes"?

6. What, according to Bachelard, is the homology that exists between a small box and a person's psychology of secrecy?

7. What is a house for a phenomenologist?

8. How did Bosco alter Bergson's drawer metaphor?

9. After years of study as a scientist, Bachelard shifted his attention to what new reality?

10. Why does Bachelard focus on the isolated poetic image, even though it is the least significant element in the composition of a poem?

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