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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What description of the ethical appeal was given by Aristotle?
(a) Appeal to the speaker's past.
(b) Appeal to the speaker's intent.
(c) Appeal to the speaker's character.
(d) Appeal to the speaker's associations.

2. What type of argumentation did Aristotle think the dialectic should be associated with?
(a) Proper and valid.
(b) Simple and valid.
(c) Proper and simple.
(d) Proper, simple, and valid.

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) Associations and intentions.
(d) Past crimes and associations.

4. In Aristotle's opinion, which things did a criminal consider when choosing their victim?
(a) Vulnerability and convenience.
(b) Vulnerability and value.
(c) Value and convenience.
(d) Vulnerability, value, and convenience.

5. Besides goodness itself, what else did Aristotle indicate a political orator must deal with?
(a) Its destination.
(b) Its degree.
(c) Its origin.
(d) Its substance.

6. Which one of the following was not listed by Aristotle as a form of happiness?
(a) Popularity.
(b) Virtue.
(c) Honor.
(d) Reputation.

7. Besides proof with explicit premises, what was included in Aristotle's definition of syllogism?
(a) Multiple examples.
(b) An example.
(c) An introduction.
(d) A conclusion.

8. 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 only certain cases the means of conversation.
(c) The faculty of observe in only certain cases the means of persuasion.
(d) The faculty of observe in any given case the means of persuasion.

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

10. How did Aristotle define "the good"?
(a) That which is sought for its own sake.
(b) That which is sought for the well being of an individual.
(c) That which is sought for the well being of the country.
(d) That which is sought for another's sake.

11. Which of the following were examples of the involuntary causes for human action that Aristotle outlined?
(a) Luck, nature, habit, and compulsion.
(b) Luck, habit, and compulsion.
(c) Luck, nature, and compulsion.
(d) Luck, nature, and habit.

12. Which one of the following assessments did Aristotle use to support his analysis in Book I, Chapter 7?
(a) Some things are not better than others.
(b) Some things are better than others.
(c) Some things are different than others.
(d) Some things are similar to others.

13. Included in Aristotle's definition of a rhetorician, which parts of a claim should be adapted to a situation?
(a) Speech and style, but not tone.
(b) Speech and tone, but not style.
(c) Tone and style, but not speech.
(d) Speech, tone, and style.

14. What did Aristotle say was the chief concern of political rhetoric?
(a) What is feasable.
(b) What is arguable.
(c) What is useful.
(d) What is obvious.

15. As explained by Aristotle, what comprised good?
(a) Only one main thing.
(b) A few different things.
(c) Only two main things.
(d) Many different things.

Short Answer Questions

1. Based on Aristotle's explanation, why was it not possible to be angry at humanity in general?

2. Which kind of distinction was made by Aristotle between war and peace, and national defense?

3. In the beginning of the book, which one of the following did Aristotle indicate about rhetoric?

4. In dealing with just and unjust actions, how did Aristotle indicate the law could be considered?

5. As explained in Book II, Chapter 4, what type of friends were people most likely to choose?

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