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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) Riddles.
(b) Limericks.
(c) Puns.
(d) Word-plays.

2. As explained by Aristotle in Book III, Chapter 10, how should effective prose express its important points?
(a) With succinct, extravagant, elegant sayings.
(b) With elegant, extravagant sayings.
(c) With succinct, elegant sayings.
(d) With succinct, extravagant sayings.

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

4. What types of examples did Aristotle discuss in Book II, Chapter 20?
(a) Actual facts, hypothetical facts, and invented facts.
(b) Hypothetical facts and invented facts.
(c) Actual facts and hypothetical facts.
(d) Actual facts and invented facts.

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

6. In the example provided by Aristotle, what was used to object to a common saying?
(a) A common situation.
(b) Another common saying.
(c) A lesser known saying.
(d) An unknown situation.

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

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

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

10. How did Aristotle describe arrhythmic prose for speech writing purposes in Book III, Chapter 1?
(a) Too unpredictable.
(b) Too unrestricted.
(c) Too predictable.
(d) Too restricted.

11. In Aristotle's opinion, why should political rhetoric focus the most on sound argumentation?
(a) It was the most austere.
(b) It was the most exciting.
(c) It was the most important.
(d) It was the most flexible.

12. 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 tended to be more involved.
(b) They used different rules.
(c) They used "like" or "as."
(d) They tended to be more complex.

13. As explained by Aristotle in Book II, Chapter 18, what was political argumentation concerned with?
(a) Future events.
(b) Past events.
(c) Both past and future events.
(d) Neither past nor future events.

14. 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 simplify it.
(c) To overshadow it.
(d) To complicate it.

15. How many common mistakes did Aristotle indicate were made in prose?
(a) Three.
(b) Two.
(c) Too many to list.
(d) Four.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. How many periods of a lifetime did Aristotle discuss in Book II, Chapter 12?

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

5. In order to object to an argument using Aristotle's explanations, how might it be attacked?

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