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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Aristotle think was wrong with the metaphor that compared a man with a square?
(a) He thought it was confusing.
(b) He thought it was too complex.
(c) He thought it was boring.
(d) He thought it was too simple.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. In what way did Aristotle indicate refutative enthymemes were more effective in Book II, Chapter 26?
(a) Rhetorically.
(b) Hypothetically.
(c) Metaphorically.
(d) Literally.

10. 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 caused people to overthink things.
(d) They confused people.

11. What about the past did Aristotle say that a legal orator was concerned with proving?
(a) Actions.
(b) Facts.
(c) Doubts.
(d) Opinions.

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

13. What did Aristotle think the structure of a sentence should always be?
(a) Detailed.
(b) Simple.
(c) Implied.
(d) Clear.

14. Why did Aristotle consider metaphors to be useful in Book III, Chapter 10?
(a) People connect with sensible ideas.
(b) People connect with similar ideas.
(c) People enjoy thoughtful ideas.
(d) People enjoy new ideas.

15. Why did Aristotle prefer the periodic prose to the free-running prose?
(a) Free-running prose had just been introduced.
(b) Periodic prose was easier to use.
(c) Free-running prose had fallen out of fashion.
(d) Periodic prose was more familiar.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Based on Aristotle's discussion of objections, what would be the purpose in making a similar appeal to an argument?

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

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

5. In addition to context, what type of application of rhetoric did Aristotle think should determine the style?

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