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

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

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

4. The author theorizes that an unhappy child will draw what sort of a house?
(a) Happy, with doorknobs and chimney smoke.
(b) Small and dark.
(c) Cold, motionless, and rigid.
(d) A dream house.

5. 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 warning of death.
(c) As a butterfly in a chrysalis.
(d) As a baby in a cradle.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who wrote of "La Redousse"?

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

4. The objectivity of a house, states Bachelard, is separate from what?

5. What description does Bachelard give to Bergson's drawer metaphor?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Pasternak describe a nest?

3. What is "La Redousse?"

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

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

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

7. Why does Bachelard disagree with Bergson's metaphorical use of the drawer?

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

9. How are old homes and nests similar according to Bachelard?

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

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