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. As explained by the author in "Drawers, Chests and Wardrobes," what value does an image have that a metaphor does not?

2. The author proposes that loving the space in a house that opens to anywhere is an example of what?

3. Which is the least significant element in the composition of a poem in Bachelard's opinion?

4. Bachelard wishes to distinguish between metaphor and what?

5. Who noted that inside seems cozier when the outside weather is severe?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What, according to Bachelard, is the homology that exists between a small box and a person's psychology of secrecy?

5. How does Bachelard describe oneiric houses?

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

7. How do poets, psychologists, and psychoanalysts differ in their views of locks and closed boxes in the opinion of Bachelard?

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

9. How does Pasternak describe a nest?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is the ability to imagine a major power of human nature? How is an imagined poetic image different from the things surrounding us that can be seen?

Essay Topic 2

As described in "The Phenomenology of Roundness," what is absolute bird and the being of round life? How does this concept fit with Bachelard's poetics of space?

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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