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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 that are not easily pronounced.
(c) Words whose meanings are not obvious.
(d) Words that are easily pronounced.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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.

9. How often did Aristotle think complex words should be used in a speech?
(a) Never.
(b) Frequently.
(c) Rarely.
(d) Occasionally.

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

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 striking.
(c) It made the point less complex.
(d) It made the point especially startling.

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

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

15. Focusing on what they found useful, what did Aristotle say older people cared less about?
(a) The past and the opinions of others.
(b) Honor and the past.
(c) Honor, the past, and the opinions of others.
(d) Honor and the opinions of others.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which one of the following was not included by Aristotle in the forms of surprises he mentioned?

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

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

4. Which characteristic did Aristotle think separated powerful people and wealthy people in general?

5. Using an example of the similarities or differences between parents and their children, how did Aristotle describe Socrates' children?

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