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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book II, Chapters 12-22.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What definition did Aristotle provide for rhetoric in Book I, Chapter 2?
(a) The faculty of observe in any given case the means of conversation.
(b) The faculty of observe in any given case the means of persuasion.
(c) The faculty of observe in only certain cases the means of conversation.
(d) The faculty of observe in only certain cases the means of persuasion.

2. How did Aristotle think a political orator should convince an audience of their plan?
(a) By showing that it was just as good as most other options.
(b) By showing that it was better than most other options.
(c) By showing that it was just as good as all other options.
(d) By showing that it was better than all other options.

3. As explained in Book I, Chapter 14, which things should be considered when deciding the unjustness of an action?
(a) Past crimes, associations, and intentions.
(b) Past crimes and the intentions.
(c) Past crimes and associations.
(d) Associations and intentions.

4. According to Aristotle, what act should the political rhetorician be concerned with?
(a) The act of ratification.
(b) The act of legislation.
(c) The act of limitation.
(d) The act of rejection.

5. How many causes of human action did Aristotle detail in Book I, Chapter 10?
(a) Seven.
(b) Eight.
(c) Five.
(d) Ten.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Aristotle's opinion, what should a good birth lead to?

2. According to Aristotle, what was the most basic cause of pleasure?

3. How did Aristotle define "the good"?

4. Which of the following would be considered an ideal target for a crime?

5. Which cause of human action did Aristotle mention as always being unpleasant?

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