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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. To whom, or what, does Aristotle say the person who commits suicide is being unjust?
(a) His teachers.
(b) The gods.
(c) The city.
(d) Himself.

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

3. In contrast to wishing, which is for an end, for what is choosing in Aristotle's philosophical view?
(a) Things related to the means.
(b) Things related to others.
(c) Things related to the end.
(d) Things related to the self.

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

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?
(a) He becomes greedy.
(b) He becomes a tyrant.
(c) He is soon killed.
(d) He is punished by law.

Short Answer Questions

1. A buffoon is described by Aristotle in IV.8 as someone who goes to extremes in order to make someone else do what?

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

3. By human excellence, Aristotle means what?

4. What is a suitable category, in Aristotle's view, in which to place the feeling of shame?

5. The equitable distribution of justice is a certain kind of what, according to Aristotle?

Short Essay Questions

1. What characterizes Aristotle's notion of the generous person?

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

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

4. How does Aristotle characterize those who are rash?

5. According to Aristotle, in what way is justice reciprocal, and why?

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

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

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

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

10. What is Aristotle's distinction between the sort of injustice that is unlawful and the sort of injustice that is inequitable?

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