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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. According to Aristotle, what is the mean condition between the vices of wastefulness and stinginess?
(a) Temperance.
(b) Prudence.
(c) Generosity.
(d) Fortitude.

2. Where is the source of a willing act located, according to Aristotle?
(a) In oneself.
(b) In one's disposition.
(c) External to oneself.
(d) In one's nature.

3. For Aristotle, the good of the human person is the activity of the soul in accordance with what?
(a) The most complete virtue.
(b) Radical autonomy.
(c) The acquisition of power.
(d) The free exercise of the will.

4. Aristotle states that as a child needs an instructor, so too do the desiring parts of the soul need what?
(a) Freedom.
(b) Rest.
(c) Reason.
(d) A body.

5. Which sort of political justice is most universal in Aristotle's view?
(a) Natural.
(b) Empirical.
(c) Conventional.
(d) Contractual.

Short Answer Questions

1. What sort of men, in Aristotle's observations, are most confident in the various situations of war?

2. Which of the following does Aristotle explicitly claim is better than acting unjustly in V.11?

3. At what does every action seem to aim, according to Aristotle?

4. In addition to the life of pleasure and the life of politics, what is the third sort of life that Aristotle mentions?

5. With what two conditions is courage principally concerned, according to Aristotle?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the relationship of virtues to extremes of excess and deficiency in the philosophy of Aristotle?

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

3. What is the tripartite distinction in the soul that Aristotle makes in Chapter 13 of the first book?

4. What is the relationship that Aristotle cites as existing between opposites in coming to know what is or is not the right way for a thing to be, such as health?

5. What is the content of the suggestion of Aristotle regarding overcompensation and the acquisition of personal virtue?

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

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

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

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

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

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