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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What shape was described in the example Aristotle provided for the use of description in an impressive speech?
(a) Circle.
(b) Rectangle.
(c) Triangle.
(d) Square.

5. In comparison to a spoken speech, how did Aristotle think a written speech would often appear?
(a) Simple, but not boring.
(b) Boring and simple.
(c) Boring, but not simple.
(d) Neither boring nor simple.

6. What was thought to be incorrect about the example of the misuse of the epithet that Aristotle provided?
(a) An extraordinary verb was applied to an ordinary noun.
(b) An ordinary adjective was applied to an extraordinary noun.
(c) An ordinary verb was applied to an extraordinary noun.
(d) An extraordinary adjective was applied to an ordinary noun.

7. As explained by Aristotle in Book II, Chapter 24, what else might a person equivocate?
(a) The order of events.
(b) The description of events.
(c) The meaning of words.
(d) The use of words.

8. What did Aristotle think was wrong with the metaphor that compared a man with a square?
(a) He thought it was confusing.
(b) He thought it was boring.
(c) He thought it was too simple.
(d) He thought it was too complex.

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

10. 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 standing in a line.
(c) The people in the crowd must be small.
(d) The people in the crowd must be large.

11. According to Aristotle, how many ways could objections be raised?
(a) Three.
(b) Two.
(c) Four.
(d) Five.

12. What did the paean avoid in order to gain Aristotle's endorsement as the ideal rhythm for prose?
(a) A common meter.
(b) An indefinite meter.
(c) A definite meter.
(d) An uncommon meter.

13. Why did Aristotle consider metaphors to be useful in Book III, Chapter 10?
(a) People enjoy thoughtful ideas.
(b) People connect with similar ideas.
(c) People connect with sensible ideas.
(d) People enjoy new ideas.

14. 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 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, the length of each sentence, and the tone of the orator's voice.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. In what way did Aristotle indicate refutative enthymemes were more effective in Book II, Chapter 26?

4. How were antithesis sayings defined by Aristotle?

5. According to Aristotle, how did people in their prime view success?

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