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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. At what does every action seem to aim, according to Aristotle?
(a) Some target.
(b) Another action.
(c) Some profit.
(d) Some good.

3. In how many ways does Aristotle speak of the mean in II.6?
(a) Two.
(b) Four.
(c) Three.
(d) One.

4. Aristotle states that one suffers injustice willingly in what situation?
(a) In no situation.
(b) In situations of poverty.
(c) In situations of sacrifice.
(d) In situations of judgment.

5. With what is the virtue that Aristotle describes in IV.4 concerned?
(a) Honor.
(b) Money.
(c) Justice.
(d) Truth.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Aristotle say the lawmakers ought to treat people who act beautifully?

2. Deliberation is, for Aristotle, principally about the things to be done by whom?

3. In Aristotle's view, what virtue necessarily accompanies or is within the virtue of magnificence?

4. What causes a distortion to come about in most people, according to the opinion of Aristotle in III.4?

5. What, in the observations of Aristotle, becomes of a man who is given the power to rule and gives himself more of what is good in itself?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the proper distinction Aristotle makes between things that are good in themselves and things that are good only in a derivative sense? Illustrate this distinction by means of an example.

2. What does Aristotle mean by saying that every art, inquiry, action, and choice aims at some good?

3. With what virtuous dispositions are Book IV, Chapters 6-9 concerned?

4. How does Aristotle characterize those who are rash?

5. Why does Aristotle say that the things deliberated about are not ends?

6. In what way does Aristotle claim gentleness (or mildness) is related to the virtues concerned with honor and magnanimity?

7. From what difficulty, according to Aristotle, does the dispute concerning the nature of happiness, as the end of all actions, arise?

8. Explain what is meant by Aristotle in saying that youth should not be involved in the study or practice of politics.

9. What is the distinction Aristotle makes between magnificence and generosity?

10. The magnanimous man is concerned with what things and in what manner, according to Aristotle?

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