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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Which view did Aristotle think people in their prime had of money?
(a) An incorrect view.
(b) A view that was mostly correct, but incorrect in some ways.
(c) A view that was mostly incorrect, but correct in some ways.
(d) A correct view.

5. 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 understand it.
(b) The listener would be more likely to repeat it.
(c) The listener would be more likely to remember it.
(d) The listener would be more likely to agree with it.

6. In Aristotle's opinion, what did simple words convey?
(a) What people do not want to know.
(b) What people want to know.
(c) What people already know.
(d) What people do not already know.

7. How did Aristotle describe the difference between spoken and written prose?
(a) Spoken prose was generally more stylized and less complicated.
(b) Written prose was generally more stylized and less complicated.
(c) Written prose was generally more stylized and complicated.
(d) Spoken prose was generally more stylized and complicated.

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

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

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

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

12. Which one of the following would be an example of a fallacious enthymeme?
(a) To mistake the whole for another whole.
(b) To mistake the part of the whole for the whole's previous part.
(c) To mistake the whole for the part.
(d) To mistake the part for another part.

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

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. As explained by Aristotle in Book II, Chapter 18, what was political argumentation concerned with?

2. What did Aristotle think a high value of life in older people led to?

3. In Aristotle's opinion, why were many people not swayed by sound arguments?

4. What was thought to be incorrect about the example of the misuse of the epithet that Aristotle provided?

5. Following the example given in Book II, Chapter 24, what false assumption could be made by describing a large crowd?

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