The Poetics of Space Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bachelard believes that rooms and houses are psychological diagrams writers and poets use to analyze what?

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

3. What is a commitment of the soul according to the author?

4. Bachelard wrote of the menagerie of what?

5. Using a metaphor, a happy household can be compared to what, according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is topophilia, according to Bachelard?

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

5. 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"?

6. What is "La Redousse?"

7. What is the symbolism associated with a hermit's hut, as described in "The House, from Cellar to Garret, The Significance of the Hut"?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As referenced throughout "The Poetics of Space," what is topoanalysis of a space? What sort of space does Bachelard describe as topophilia? How does the concept of topoanalysis relate to the study of the isolated poetic image?

Essay Topic 2

How does the inner immensity of man compare with the immensity of the forest according to Bachelard in "Intimate Immensity"? Why is this comparison a paradox?

Essay Topic 3

In "Corners," what do corners contain, according to Bachelard? How does Milosz's cynical character bolster Bachelard's notions?

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