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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. In what does Aristotle say modern comedy consists, in IV.8?
(a) Puns.
(b) Slapstick.
(c) Subtlety.
(d) Foul language.

2. How does Aristotle say the lawmakers ought to treat people who act beautifully?
(a) With lavish praise.
(b) With honor.
(c) With caution.
(d) With contempt.

3. 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 done willingly.
(d) Whether or not it is reciprocated.

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

5. In Aristotle's view, what virtue necessarily accompanies or is within the virtue of magnificence?
(a) Temperance.
(b) Generosity.
(c) Justice.
(d) Piety.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following does Aristotle not list as a feeling that comes to be present in the soul?

2. For Aristotle, the good of the human person is the activity of the soul in accordance with what?

3. Aristotle says that the magnanimous man cares more for what than for people's opinions?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

7. What are the conditions Aristotle gives for properly calling someone happy in Book I, Chapter 9, and why does he give these?

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

9. 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.

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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