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. Which professional professes to understand and interpret images?

2. Who, according to Bachelard, is able to enter the hidden space of the extreme?

3. The painter, Vlaminck, compared the contentment of humans to what?

4. What is anthropo-cosmology?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. As explained by Bachelard, what is the beingness, or ontology, of the poetic image?

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

3. 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"?

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

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

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

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

8. What is a house for a phenomenologist?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What or who are the five characters of type created by Bachelard in "The Poetics of Space"? What is his motivation for creating each character? Why does he not feature a character known as "The Scientist"?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Bachelard's view of cellars and cellar fears as described in "The House, from Cellar to Garret, The Significance of the Hut." How does he use the works of Bosco and Poe to reinforce his view?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Bachelard cite so many writers and great thinkers to shore up his theories rather than create his own isolated narrative? Is his need to cite authors for "evidence" a remnant of his scientifically-oriented mode of thinking? Is his technique successful?

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