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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. Bachelard explains that the relationship between a small box and a person's psychology of secrecy is known as what?
(a) Anthropo-cosmology.
(b) Homology.
(c) Cosmology.
(d) Poetry.

2. Using a metaphor, a happy household can be compared to what, according to the author?
(a) A poem.
(b) A flourishing nest.
(c) A soul at peace.
(d) A child's drawing.

3. What is a center of order in a house, according to Bachelard?
(a) The wardrobe.
(b) The brain.
(c) Stairways.
(d) Decorative objects.

4. As explained by the author in "Drawers, Chests and Wardrobes," what value does an image have that a metaphor does not?
(a) Aesthetic value.
(b) Humanistic value.
(c) Phenomenological value.
(d) Artistic value.

5. Bachelard theorizes that dreams of nests inspire what?
(a) Fear of flying.
(b) A desire to have a home that opens to nature.
(c) Dreams of security.
(d) Poetry.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Bachelard say we experience a house buried in a blanket of snow in what way?

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

3. What is another word for ontology?

4. Central to the argument in "The House, from Cellar to Garret . . .," which statement is most indicative of cellar fears?

5. Bachelard's topoanalysis considers houses with at most how many levels?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do poets, psychologists, and psychoanalysts differ in their views of locks and closed boxes in the opinion of Bachelard?

2. What is the anthropo-cosmology of a house as described by Bachelard?

3. What is the difference between image and metaphor, for Bachelard?

4. As stated by the author in "House and Universe," what is the significance of old houses one used to live in?

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

6. What is the concept of pure sublimation as put forth by Bachelard, and why is it useful?

7. What is a house for a phenomenologist?

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

9. What is topoanalysis, according to Bachelard, with regard to a house and its hidden memories?

10. Why does Bachelard claim that daydreams of nests start us dreaming of security?

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