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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In order to object to an argument using Aristotle's explanations, how might it be attacked?
(a) Rationally.
(b) Directly.
(c) Humorously.
(d) Scientifically.

2. As explained by Aristotle in Book III, Chapter 2, which type of words should a speech writer use?
(a) Words that are easily pronounced.
(b) Words that are not easily pronounced.
(c) Words whose meanings are not obvious.
(d) Words whose meanings are obvious.

3. As both illustrations and fables utilized imagery to make a point, what type of imagery did Aristotle think fables used?
(a) Relevant.
(b) Fantastic.
(c) Irrelevant.
(d) Realistic.

4. Which characteristic did Aristotle think separated powerful people and wealthy people in general?
(a) Knowledge.
(b) Reliability.
(c) Virtue.
(d) Consistency.

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

6. How many periods of a lifetime did Aristotle discuss in Book II, Chapter 12?
(a) Two.
(b) Four.
(c) Five.
(d) Three.

7. What was Aristotle's opinion about using compound words in a speech?
(a) Most were acceptable if they were used correctly.
(b) Some were acceptable if they were used correctly.
(c) They should generally be avoided.
(d) They should generally be used.

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

9. As pointed out by Aristotle, what advantage did a speech that included a surprise have for a listener?
(a) The listener would be more likely to repeat it.
(b) The listener would be more likely to understand it.
(c) The listener would be more likely to agree with it.
(d) The listener would be more likely to remember it.

10. To object to an argument, whose authority did Aristotle think could be appealed to?
(a) A well known writer or judge.
(b) A respected writer or judge.
(c) A respected writer or lawyer.
(d) A well known writer or lawyer.

11. Using the same example in the previous question, why did Aristotle think a blossoming flower was a better choice for the metaphor?
(a) It was more beautiful, inspiring, and familiar.
(b) It was more beautiful and more familiar.
(c) It was more familiar and more inspiring.
(d) It was more beautiful and more inspiring.

12. Based on Aristotle's explanation of the wealthy, how did wealthy people view the opinions of others about money?
(a) They thought that most people were incapable of understanding their view of money.
(b) They thought that everyone shared their view of money.
(c) They thought that most people understood their view of money, but did not understand the reasons for it.
(d) They thought that everyone disagreed with their view of money.

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

14. In Aristotle's opinion, what did simple words convey?
(a) What people already know.
(b) What people do not want to know.
(c) What people want to know.
(d) What people do not already know.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. As explained by Aristotle in Book II, Chapter 24, what else might a person equivocate?

2. Which view did Aristotle think people in their prime had of money?

3. What effect did Aristotle think an antithesis saying had on the point it was making?

4. In order for an enthymeme to be successful, what recommendation did Aristotle have about its conclusion?

5. In Book II, Chapter 26, how many common errors did Aristotle discuss?

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