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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. As discussed by Aristotle, how many modes of persuasion did rhetoric use?
(a) Four.
(b) Two.
(c) Five.
(d) Three.

2. In what type of person did Aristotle explain there was an especially strong temptation to commit crimes?
(a) Someone that has never committed a crime.
(b) Someone that has already committed a crime and has been caught, but not convicted.
(c) Someone that has already committed a crime, but has not been caught.
(d) Someone that was unaware of the punishment for committing a crime.

3. Why did Aristotle think the completion of a difficult task was pleasant?
(a) What is difficult to get requires extra effort that makes it more rewarding.
(b) What is difficult to get is always better than what is easy to get.
(c) What is difficult to get is mostly better than what is easy to get.
(d) What is diffcult to get requires dedication that makes it more rewarding.

4. Concerning the elicitation of the praise or blame of an audience, what was epideictic rhetoric also called by Aristotle?
(a) Irresponsible.
(b) Unceremonial.
(c) Ceremonial.
(d) Responsible.

5. From the information in Book II, Chapter 1, what should a speaker do in order to put the audience in a certain frame of mind?
(a) Challenge them.
(b) Manipulate their emotions.
(c) Ask them questions.
(d) Compliment them.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Aristotle think a political orator should convince an audience of their plan?

2. As explained in Book I, Chapter 3, which type of rhetoric attempted to convince a legislature to take a particular action?

3. According to Aristotle, what was the orator's chief goal?

4. Which one of the following was mentioned by Aristotle as a way that anger was useful in oratory?

5. Who did Aristotle think calmness was felt towards?

(see the answer key)

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