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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Aristotle, what was the general difference between enthymemes and examples?
(a) Neither enthymemes nor examples were persuasive.
(b) Enthymemes were more persuasive than examples.
(c) Both enthymemes and examples were just as persuasive.
(d) Examples were more persuasive than enthymemes.

2. Continuing the theme of Aristotle's logic, what could be used to deduce the impossible?
(a) Facts and opinions.
(b) Other impossibilities.
(c) Facts and speculation.
(d) The possible.

3. Which view did Aristotle think people in their prime had of money?
(a) An incorrect view.
(b) A correct view.
(c) A view that was mostly incorrect, but correct in some ways.
(d) A view that was mostly correct, but incorrect in some ways.

4. Following the example given in Book II, Chapter 24, what false assumption could be made by describing a large crowd?
(a) The people in the crowd must be standing in a circle.
(b) The people in the crowd must be large.
(c) The people in the crowd must be small.
(d) The people in the crowd must be standing in a line.

5. According to Aristotle, what was epideictic rhetoric most likely to deal with?
(a) Large crowds of educated people.
(b) Small crowds of educated people.
(c) Small crowds of uneducated people.
(d) Large crowds of uneducated people.

6. As explained in Book III, Chapter 3, in what way did writers misuse the epithet?
(a) By forgetting how to apply it.
(b) By applying it to insignificant subjects.
(c) By forgetting to apply it.
(d) By applying it to inappropriate subjects.

7. According to Aristotle, how was the structure of text conveyed in the periodic prose?
(a) By the length of each sentence and the tone of the orator's voice.
(b) By the flow of words, the length of each sentence, and the tone of the orator's voice.
(c) By the flow of words and the length of each sentence.
(d) By the flow of words and the tone of the orator's voice.

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

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 agree with it.
(c) The listener would be more likely to remember it.
(d) The listener would be more likely to understand it.

10. What was used in the example that argued the existence of a "non-animal" in Book II, Chapter 24?
(a) Fruit.
(b) Rock.
(c) Tree.
(d) Leaf.

11. In Aristotle's opinion, why were many people not swayed by sound arguments?
(a) They were not emotional enough.
(b) They were too uneducated.
(c) They were too emotional.
(d) They were too educated.

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

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

14. 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 and more inspiring.
(b) It was more familiar and more inspiring.
(c) It was more beautiful and more familiar.
(d) It was more beautiful, inspiring, and familiar.

15. Using an example of the similarities or differences between parents and their children, how did Aristotle describe Socrates' children?
(a) Intelligent.
(b) Irrational.
(c) Foolish.
(d) Rational.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which one of the following was not included by Aristotle in the forms of surprises he mentioned?

3. What did Aristotle think a high value of life in older people led to?

4. How often did Aristotle think complex words should be used in a speech?

5. Why did Aristotle prefer the periodic prose to the free-running prose?

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