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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Based on Aristotle's explanation of the wealthy, how did wealthy people view the opinions of others about money?
(a) They thought that most people were incapable of understanding their view of money.
(b) They thought that everyone shared their view of money.
(c) They thought that everyone disagreed with their view of money.
(d) They thought that most people understood their view of money, but did not understand the reasons for it.

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

3. In Book II, Chapter 26, how many common errors did Aristotle discuss?
(a) Two.
(b) None.
(c) One.
(d) Three.

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

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

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

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

8. Which one of the following would be an example of amplification?
(a) The effective results of a previous political plan.
(b) The ineffective results of a political plan.
(c) The positive effects of a political plan.
(d) The unintended effects of a political plan.

9. In Aristotle's opinion, why were many people not swayed by sound arguments?
(a) They were too emotional.
(b) They were too uneducated.
(c) They were not emotional enough.
(d) They were too educated.

10. 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.

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

12. In order for an enthymeme to be successful, what recommendation did Aristotle have about its conclusion?
(a) It should be short.
(b) It should be obvious.
(c) It should be long.
(d) It should not be obvious.

13. As pointed out by Aristotle, what advantage did a speech that included a surprise have for a listener?
(a) The listener would be more likely to remember it.
(b) The listener would be more likely to understand it.
(c) The listener would be more likely to repeat it.
(d) The listener would be more likely to agree with it.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Aristotle consider metaphors to be useful in Book III, Chapter 10?

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

3. In Aristotle's opinion, what did simple words convey?

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

5. As explained by Aristotle in Book III, Chapter 2, which type of words should a speech writer use?

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