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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Living in accordance with virtue can be said to be what, according to Aristotle?
(a) Pleasant in itself.
(b) Remarkably easy.
(c) Almost impossible.
(d) Always difficult.

2. Which word adequately indicates the character of the man whose vice is in opposition to that of the braggart, according to Aristotle's description?
(a) Lecherous.
(b) Truthful.
(c) Ironic.
(d) Congenial.

3. With what is V.10 concerned?
(a) The aristocracy.
(b) The equitable.
(c) The distributable.
(d) The oligarchy.

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

5. What determines, according to Aristotle's arguments in V.8, the justice or injustice of one's actions?
(a) Whether or not it deals with the whole person.
(b) Whether or not it deals with the community.
(c) Whether or not it is reciprocated.
(d) Whether or not it is done willingly.

6. Which of the following most accurately describes the behavior of one of the vices Aristotle discusses in IV.6?
(a) Obsequious.
(b) Incoherent.
(c) Obdurate.
(d) Violent.

7. What did the Pythagoreans say is simply just?
(a) Virtue.
(b) Reciprocity.
(c) Equity.
(d) Distribution.

8. What vice is, according to Aristotle, in deficiency of the virtue of courage?
(a) Sloth.
(b) Cowardice.
(c) Rashness.
(d) Gluttony.

9. How many virtues does magnanimity require, for Aristotle, in order to be in a person?
(a) All of them.
(b) Most of them.
(c) None of them.
(d) Three of them.

10. By doing what, in the opinion of Aristotle, does man make himself a certain sort of person?
(a) Wishing.
(b) Desiring.
(c) Choosing.
(d) Opining.

11. Concerning generosity, Aristotle says what concerning not taking something offered and giving something away?
(a) That they are equally difficult.
(b) That giving something away is harder.
(c) That not taking something offered is harder.
(d) That neither is difficult.

12. According to Aristotle, to what degree do the fortunes of one's family and friends likely impact the deceased?
(a) A small degree.
(b) No amount at all.
(c) An almost infinite amount.
(d) A great degree.

13. Which alone among the virtues seems, for Aristotle, to be someone else's good?
(a) Magnanimity.
(b) Courage.
(c) Temperance.
(d) Justice.

14. Which of the following words least accurately describes the virtue that is the topic of IV.5?
(a) Good temper.
(b) Gentleness.
(c) Mildness.
(d) Passivity.

15. Deliberation is, for Aristotle, principally about the things to be done by whom?
(a) Oneself.
(b) The state.
(c) The community.
(d) Others.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do lawmakers make citizens good in the opinion of Aristotle?

2. What sort of person is he who brings food fit for a wedding to a small dinner, according to Aristotle?

3. To whom, or what, does Aristotle say the person who commits suicide is being unjust?

4. Which sort of political justice is most universal in Aristotle's view?

5. How many types of virtue does Aristotle claim exist at the beginning of Book II?

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