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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 many types of virtue does Aristotle claim exist at the beginning of Book II?
(a) One.
(b) Two.
(c) Seven.
(d) Three.

2. What is the virtuous disposition most directly concerned, for Aristotle, with playfulness and humor?
(a) Wisdom.
(b) Charm.
(c) Pleasantness.
(d) Wit.

3. What two things does Aristotle define as contraries in II.8?
(a) The median and the mean.
(b) The excess and deficiency.
(c) Vice and virtue.
(d) The extremes and the mean.

4. In how many ways are things called courage according to Aristotle in Book Three?
(a) One.
(b) Ten.
(c) Five.
(d) Six.

5. A buffoon is described by Aristotle in IV.8 as someone who goes to extremes in order to make someone else do what?
(a) Cry.
(b) Steal.
(c) Abjure the gods.
(d) Laugh.

Short Answer Questions

1. Aristotle states in I.6 that it is nobler to give the higher honor to which of the following?

2. What is the difficulty Aristotle cites concerning the praise and blame of the moral quality of the actions of others?

3. Which of the following does Aristotle not list as a theory of that by which happiness comes about?

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

5. Aristotle claims that a man is inspired to take more than his due out of which vice?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does it mean to say, as Aristotle explains it, that nothing can be habituated to be other than it is by nature?

4. How does Aristotle characterize those who are rash?

5. What is the distinction between the mean in the thing itself and the mean in relation to a man as Aristotle explains it?

6. What characterizes Aristotle's distinction between "willing" and "choice"?

7. What is the relationship that Aristotle claims exists between the virtues of courage and temperance?

8. 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.

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

10. Explain Aristotle's distinction between the good and the apparent good, and those who pursue each, as given in III.4.

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