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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How were antithesis sayings defined by Aristotle?
(a) The reference to three slightly different ideas.
(b) The reference to three vastly different ideas.
(c) The grouping of two similar qualities.
(d) The grouping of two opposite qualities.

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

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

6. According to Aristotle, how did people in their prime view success?
(a) It was not improbable.
(b) It was probable.
(c) It was not possible.
(d) It was not impossible.

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

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

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

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

11. How did Aristotle define a maxim?
(a) A series of long statements about impractical conduct.
(b) A long statement about impractical conduct.
(c) A series of short statements about practical conduct.
(d) A short statement about practical conduct.

12. What effect did Aristotle think an antithesis saying had on the point it was making?
(a) It made the point especially startling.
(b) It made the point more complex.
(c) It made the point especially striking.
(d) It made the point less complex.

13. What did Aristotle indicate was the result of using complex, foreign words?
(a) They caused people to stop thinking of things.
(b) They annoyed people.
(c) They confused people.
(d) They caused people to overthink things.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Based on Aristotle's views, how should any good speech be appropriate?

2. What did Aristotle think orators should be careful of when writing their speeches?

3. 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?

4. Based on Aristotle's explanation of the wealthy, how did wealthy people view the opinions of others about money?

5. Following the example given in Book II, Chapter 24, what false assumption could be made by describing a large crowd?

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