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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did Aristotle describe arrhythmic prose for speech writing purposes in Book III, Chapter 1?
(a) Too unrestricted.
(b) Too unpredictable.
(c) Too predictable.
(d) Too restricted.

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

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

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

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

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

7. In addition to context, what type of application of rhetoric did Aristotle think should determine the style?
(a) General.
(b) Simple.
(c) Complex.
(d) Specific.

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

9. Which one of the following was not included in Aristotle's recommendations for orators on how to write and speak their arguments?
(a) Non-logical means.
(b) Eloquent style.
(c) Abundance of detail.
(d) Convincing delivery.

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

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

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

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

14. Why did Aristotle say that metaphors were useful in a speech?
(a) They sounded natural to mostly everyone.
(b) They were not used frequently in common speech.
(c) They sounded natural to everyone.
(d) They were used frequently in common speech.

15. Which one of the following was not included by Aristotle in his description of young people?
(a) Active.
(b) Courageous.
(c) Independent.
(d) Bold.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How did Aristotle define a maxim?

3. According to Aristotle, how did people in their prime view success?

4. Focusing on what they found useful, what did Aristotle say older people cared less about?

5. Which of the following examples best demonstrates Aristotle's theory of possibility in Book II, Chapter 19?

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