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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book III, Chapters 13-19.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who did Aristotle think must obey the general law?
(a) Over half of humanity.
(b) At least three quarters of humanity.
(c) At least half of humanity.
(d) All of humanity.

2. What about the past did Aristotle say that a legal orator was concerned with proving?
(a) Actions.
(b) Facts.
(c) Doubts.
(d) Opinions.

3. Why did Aristotle say that metaphors were useful in a speech?
(a) They sounded natural to everyone.
(b) They were not used frequently in common speech.
(c) They were used frequently in common speech.
(d) They sounded natural to mostly everyone.

4. Focusing on what they found useful, what did Aristotle say older people cared less about?
(a) Honor and the opinions of others.
(b) Honor and the past.
(c) Honor, the past, and the opinions of others.
(d) The past and the opinions of others.

5. Why did Aristotle prefer the periodic prose to the free-running prose?
(a) Periodic prose was more familiar.
(b) Periodic prose was easier to use.
(c) Free-running prose had fallen out of fashion.
(d) Free-running prose had just been introduced.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Aristotle, what should vivid descriptions always depict?

2. As Aristotle noted, what was necessary for the actions and/or events described in the narration?

3. Which one of the following assessments did Aristotle use to support his analysis in Book I, Chapter 7?

4. What did Aristotle think was not sought by a person displaying kindness?

5. How did Aristotle describe the use of narration in political rhetoric?

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