The Poetics of Space Test | Final 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. Who, according to Bachelard, sees everything as small from atop their towers of domination?

2. What is the term for the fear of open space?

3. Why did Diole study and write about the desert?

4. What does Bachelard define as a coherent way to use reasoning to convincingly express primal images?

5. Who often ignores the miniature worlds and objects in fairy tales in the author's opinion?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. For Bachelard, what occurs when a person allows himself to pass a threshold of absurdity?

3. What two fears are contrasted by Michaux that may coexist even though they are opposites?

4. What does silence allow a person to do in the opinion of Bachelard?

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

6. Through poetry, in the mind of Bachelard, what does calm become?

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

8. What is the human intimacy associated with corners as described by the author in "Corners"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the main theme of "The Poetics of Space"? What main points are raised by Bachelard to support this theme?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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