Nicomachean Ethics Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book II.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the difficulty Aristotle cites concerning the praise and blame of the moral quality of the actions of others?
(a) Extrapolation of the truth.
(b) Restraint of the masses.
(c) Judging in relation to the mean.
(d) Distance from prejudice.

2. From Aristotle's perspective, against the yardstick of what do men generally compare their actions?
(a) The archetypal man.
(b) Truth and falsity.
(c) Vice and virtue.
(d) Pleasure and pain.

3. How do lawmakers make citizens good in the opinion of Aristotle?
(a) By giving them positive incentives.
(b) By threatening them with punishment.
(c) By informing their intellects.
(d) By habituating them.

4. In Aristotle's view, the sort of virtue which is concerned with pleasures and pains belongs to what?
(a) Thinking.
(b) Communal.
(c) Divine.
(d) Character.

5. By human excellence, Aristotle means what?
(a) That which belongs to mankind.
(b) That which belongs to the individual.
(c) That which belongs to the body.
(d) That which belongs to the soul.

Short Answer Questions

1. With which of the following is politics imminently concerned, as described by Aristotle in I.3?

2. What vice is, according to Aristotle, in deficiency of the virtue of courage?

3. How many conditions does Aristotle list as necessary for an act to be performed virtuously?

4. Aristotle states that the good of one person is also, to a different degree, the good of what according to I.2?

5. According to Aristotle, to what degree do the fortunes of one's family and friends likely impact the deceased?

(see the answer key)

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