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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How did Aristotle describe vivid speech?
(a) Somewhat effective.
(b) Somewhat exciting.
(c) Very exciting.
(d) Very effective.

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

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

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

6. Why did Aristotle say that amplification and depreciation were not forms of enthymemes?
(a) They were not comprehensible arguments.
(b) They were familiar arguments.
(c) They were not logical arguments.
(d) They were not familiar arguments.

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

8. What did Aristotle think orators should be careful of when writing their speeches?
(a) To make them over ten minutes in length.
(b) Not to make them overly poetic.
(c) To make them under ten minutes in length.
(d) Not to make them overly informative.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following examples best demonstrates Aristotle's theory of possibility in Book II, Chapter 19?

2. Why did Aristotle say that metaphors were useful in a speech?

3. Which one of the following would be an example of amplification?

4. In the example provided by Aristotle, what was used to object to a common saying?

5. What about the past did Aristotle say that a legal orator was concerned with proving?

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