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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which one of the following was not included by Aristotle in the forms of surprises he mentioned?
(a) Word-plays.
(b) Limericks.
(c) Puns.
(d) Riddles.

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

3. Which one of the following was not included by Aristotle in his description of young people?
(a) Courageous.
(b) Active.
(c) Independent.
(d) Bold.

4. What did Aristotle think a high value of life in older people led to?
(a) Selfishness.
(b) Skepticism.
(c) Appreciation.
(d) Thoughtfulness.

5. Which one of the following was not included by Aristotle in Book III, Chapter 4, in his discussion of what differentiated a simile from a metaphor?
(a) They used "like" or "as."
(b) They tended to be more involved.
(c) They tended to be more complex.
(d) They used different rules.

6. In Book II, Chapter 26, how many common errors did Aristotle discuss?
(a) Two.
(b) Three.
(c) None.
(d) One.

7. Which one of the following was not included in Aristotle's recommendations for orators on how to write and speak their arguments?
(a) Abundance of detail.
(b) Non-logical means.
(c) Convincing delivery.
(d) Eloquent style.

8. According to Aristotle, what should vivid descriptions always depict?
(a) Something that is easily identified.
(b) Something that is stationary.
(c) Something that is in activity.
(d) Something that is not easily identified.

9. Which one of the following would be an example of amplification?
(a) The effective results of a previous political plan.
(b) The unintended effects of a political plan.
(c) The ineffective results of a political plan.
(d) The positive effects of a political plan.

10. In Aristotle's opinion, what should a good birth lead to?
(a) Wealth.
(b) Ambition.
(c) Optimism.
(d) Balance.

11. In addition to context, what type of application of rhetoric did Aristotle think should determine the style?
(a) Specific.
(b) Simple.
(c) Complex.
(d) General.

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

13. Based on Aristotle's discussion of objections, what would be the purpose in making a similar appeal to an argument?
(a) To contradict it.
(b) To overshadow it.
(c) To complicate it.
(d) To simplify it.

14. How many general forms of enthymemes were discussed by Aristotle in Book II, Chapter 23?
(a) Thirty four.
(b) Thirty eight.
(c) Twenty eight.
(d) Twenty four.

15. In what way did Aristotle indicate refutative enthymemes were more effective in Book II, Chapter 26?
(a) Hypothetically.
(b) Metaphorically.
(c) Literally.
(d) Rhetorically.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Aristotle, how many ways could objections be raised?

2. In Aristotle's opinion, why should political rhetoric focus the most on sound argumentation?

3. Based on Aristotle's views, how should any good speech be appropriate?

4. What did the paean avoid in order to gain Aristotle's endorsement as the ideal rhythm for prose?

5. Continuing the theme of Aristotle's logic, what could be used to deduce the impossible?

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