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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book II, Chapters 1-11.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Aristotle think was the intent of all voluntary actions?
(a) Some apparent good or recognition.
(b) Some apparent good, recognition, or pleasure.
(c) Some apparent recognition or pleasure.
(d) Some apparent good or pleasure.

2. According to Aristotle, what was the orator's chief goal?
(a) To make a sound argument.
(b) To convince the audience to make a certain decision.
(c) To provide enough facts to support their argument.
(d) To discredit any opposing arguments.

3. In the beginning of the book, which one of the following did Aristotle indicate about rhetoric?
(a) It was a science.
(b) It was an art and a science.
(c) It was an art.
(d) It was neither an art nor a science.

4. Based on the information in Book I, Chapter 12, when did people commit crimes?
(a) When they thought the reward was as big as the risk of punishment.
(b) When they thought the reward to be gained outweighed the risk of punishment.
(c) When they thought the risk of punishment was nonexistent.
(d) When they refused to think about the risk of punishment.

5. Which type(s) of happiness was Aristotle referring to in Book I, Chapter 5?
(a) Individual happiness, equal happiness, and prosperity for the country.
(b) Individual happiness.
(c) Equal happiness.
(d) Prosperity for the country.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Aristotle think the completion of a difficult task was pleasant?

2. As explained by Aristotle, what comprised good?

3. In Aristotle's opinion, which things did a criminal consider when choosing their victim?

4. How many forms did Aristotle think the emotional appeal could take?

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

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