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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. What is the eighteenth-century theory that states the purpose of life is to make shells?
(a) Homology.
(b) Phenomenology.
(c) Ontology.
(d) Ontogenesis.

2. Ammonite shells spiral around what sort of axis?
(a) Circular.
(b) Logarithmic.
(c) Geometric.
(d) Rectangular.

3. Outside and inside space are like a mixture of what two concepts, in the opinion of the author?
(a) Cold and heat.
(b) Life and death.
(c) Past and future.
(d) Being and nothingness.

4. Details and insignificant features, such as the curve of a molding, may inspire what, according to Bachelard?
(a) The flow of rhyming words.
(b) Daydreams.
(c) New architectural designs.
(d) Memories of houses past.

5. What idea, prevalent in novels, did Sartre seek to illuminate?
(a) Introversion.
(b) Human intimacy.
(c) Invented childhood.
(d) Extroversion.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bachelard believes that philosophers are condemned by their equals to live on which floor of a house, metaphorically speaking?

2. While a phenomenologist accepts a poetic image, what will a psychologist do in the opinion of Bachelard?

3. What does a phenomenologist look for?

4. What are two opposing truths introduced by Bachelard in "Corners" regarding corners?

5. For Bachelard, what does the metaphor of old forests that go on without limit represent?

Short Essay Questions

1. As described by the author in "Miniature," how is any new phenomenon first viewed, when seen through a magnifying glass?

2. With regard to metaphoric levels of existence, Bachelard theorizes that poets differ from philosophers in what way?

3. In the mind of Bachelard, what is the dichotomy of the corner?

4. How does the Hughes character, Emily, reveal the concept of "invented childhood"?

5. What effect does proximity to the horizon have on all things seen?

6. For Milosz's cynical character, what is contained in the corners of the palace?

7. What is Robinet's theory of ontogenesis?

8. Bachelard compares what images of nature put forward by Robinet and Michelet?

9. In folklore and poetry, according to Bachelard's theory, in what way does image size transpose?

10. In the opinion of Bachelard, how do dreams of the shell affect the mind? What Baltrusaitis notion illustrates this effect?

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