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. How does Bachelard refer to words?

2. Who, according to Bachelard, sees everything as small from atop their towers of domination?

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

4. Who lives in the new that guides the phenomenologist in Bachelard's opinion?

5. Why should the adjective "ancestral" not be used in a study of poetic phenomenology, according to Bachelard?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do a psychologist and a phenomenologist differ when viewing a poetic image in Bachelard's opinion?

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

4. According to Bachelard, why do old forests offer inner peace?

5. What is the nature of Palissy's fortess?

6. How are the hermit crab and cuckoo bird similar?

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

8. What does Bachelard propose, to give a door sacred character? What is sacred about doors?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the nest-making method proposed by MIchelet in "Nests," and also describe the shell-building technique proposed by Robinet in "Shells." Why is Bachelard interested in these fanciful theories of building in nature?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In the view of a phenomenologist, how does an individual inhabit his vital space? What is the anthropo-cosmology of a space?

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