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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. Topo-analysis is useful for studying what?
(a) Psychoanalysis.
(b) Isolated poetic images.
(c) The structure of a house.
(d) The structure of a poem.

2. How did Bosco transform Bergson's drawer metaphor?
(a) He claimed that the brain's filing cabinet is used only to file away memories that will be forgotton.
(b) He claimed that the brain is more like a wardrobe with secret space.
(c) He claimed that the brain is not a filing cabinet, but the filing cabinet is a brain.
(d) He claimed that the brain is not a filing cabinet but an unstructured jumble of information.

3. Victor Hugo's literary character, Quasimodo, described what as "egg, nest, house, country and universe"?
(a) The Taj Mahal.
(b) Canterbury Cathedral.
(c) Aachen Cathedral.
(d) Notre Dame Cathedral.

4. What can be said of a closed box, in the opinion of Bachelard?
(a) It has more to see and experience than an open chest.
(b) It represents the human need for secrecy and confinement.
(c) It inspires the poetic spirit.
(d) It represents forgotten memories.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. A phenomenologist considers what regarding a house?

2. In the works of Edgar Allan Poe, murder and mayhem usually occur where?

3. Central to the author's main theme in "Nests," how does a simple image avoid intimidation?

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

5. Why does Bachelard disagree with Bergson's metaphor of drawers to describe the human brain?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. As theorized by Bachelard, what is the main benefit of a house, and what is the significance of the house one is born in?

3. As explained by Bachelard, what is the beingness, or ontology, of the poetic image?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is a house for a phenomenologist?

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

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