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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What was the basic method used in the a fortiori argument that Aristotle referred to in Book II, Chapter 23?
(a) To argue two entirely different things at once.
(b) To prove one thing by proving another first.
(c) To focus on only one position at a time.
(d) To focus on several positions at once.

7. 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 verb was applied to an extraordinary noun.
(c) An extraordinary adjective was applied to an ordinary noun.
(d) An ordinary adjective was applied to an extraordinary noun.

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

9. To object to an argument, whose authority did Aristotle think could be appealed to?
(a) A respected writer or lawyer.
(b) A well known writer or judge.
(c) A well known writer or lawyer.
(d) A respected writer or judge.

10. As discussed in Book III, Chapter 12, what should legal rhetoric blend argumentation with?
(a) Effective style.
(b) Effective delivery.
(c) A familiar delivery.
(d) A familiar style.

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

12. Which one of the following was not included by Aristotle in the forms of surprises he mentioned?
(a) Riddles.
(b) Puns.
(c) Word-plays.
(d) Limericks.

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

14. How many periods of a lifetime did Aristotle discuss in Book II, Chapter 12?
(a) Three.
(b) Two.
(c) Five.
(d) Four.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which one of the following was not included by Aristotle in his description of young people?

2. In comparison to a spoken speech, how did Aristotle think a written speech would often appear?

3. How did Aristotle describe the difference between spoken and written prose?

4. What was used in the example that argued the existence of a "non-animal" in Book II, Chapter 24?

5. According to Aristotle, what was epideictic rhetoric most likely to deal with?

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