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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. Which professional professes to understand and interpret images?
(a) Psychoanalyst.
(b) Psychologist.
(c) Artist.
(d) Philosopher.

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

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

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

5. What romantic notion does Bachelard dispute?
(a) The lover's nest.
(b) The magic of rainbows.
(c) Poetic imagery.
(d) The refuge of the forest.

Short Answer Questions

1. Victor Hugo's literary character, Quasimodo, described what as "egg, nest, house, country and universe"?

2. Poetic imagery is real, according to Bachelard, even though it is not subject to what?

3. Bachelard explains that the relationship between a small box and a person's psychology of secrecy is known as what?

4. Memories and images of previous dwelling places converge where according to the author?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Baudelaire note, with regard to houses and the weather?

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

5. What is topophilia, according to Bachelard?

6. How do cellar fears differ from attic fears, based on Bachelard's theories in "The House, from Cellar to Garret, The Significance of the Hut"?

7. What is a house for a phenomenologist?

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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