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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. Poetry stimulates what sort of response in the reader in the opinion of Bachelard?
(a) Fear of isolation.
(b) Appreciation for rhymes.
(c) A forgotten image.
(d) Rhythmic thoughts.

2. What is a primal image symbolic of a man keeping vigil according to Bachelard?
(a) A man dreaming of poetic imagery.
(b) A hermit's hut.
(c) A childhood home.
(d) A vacant house.

3. Why is the city house no longer cosmic for the author?
(a) The city house, or apartment, is usually not one's childhood home.
(b) The city house, or apartment, has no verticality because elevators have replaced stairs.
(c) The city house, or apartment, has no intimacy because it shares common walls.
(d) The city house, or apartment, has no security because too many people live too close together.

4. According to Bachelard, which level of a house is always dark and shadowy, like the unconscious?
(a) The cellar.
(b) The sleeping level.
(c) Every level.
(d) The attic.

5. What are resonances as defined by Bachelard?
(a) Internalities, that which we hear.
(b) Externalities, that which we say.
(c) Externalities, that which we hear.
(d) Internalities, that which we say.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is a nest connected to the foliage of the forest according to the author?

2. When should metaphor be used, in Bachelard's opinion?

3. Bachelard uses what to illustrate the reality of poetic imagery?

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

5. The philosopher Minkowski conducted an analysis of what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Victor Hugo's character, Quasimodo, describe Notre Dame Cathedral? What functions do his feelings represent?

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

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

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

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

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

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