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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Aristotle's opinion, what should a good birth lead to?
(a) Ambition.
(b) Optimism.
(c) Wealth.
(d) Balance.

2. What did Aristotle think orators should be careful of when writing their speeches?
(a) To make them under ten minutes in length.
(b) To make them over ten minutes in length.
(c) Not to make them overly informative.
(d) Not to make them overly poetic.

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

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

5. As both illustrations and fables utilized imagery to make a point, what type of imagery did Aristotle think fables used?
(a) Irrelevant.
(b) Fantastic.
(c) Relevant.
(d) Realistic.

6. What was used in the example that argued the existence of a "non-animal" in Book II, Chapter 24?
(a) Rock.
(b) Tree.
(c) Fruit.
(d) Leaf.

7. Which of the following examples best demonstrates Aristotle's theory of possibility in Book II, Chapter 19?
(a) Thunder and lightening.
(b) Clouds and rain.
(c) Heat and sunshine.
(d) Snow and ice.

8. Continuing the theme of Aristotle's logic, what could be used to deduce the impossible?
(a) Facts and speculation.
(b) Facts and opinions.
(c) The possible.
(d) Other impossibilities.

9. 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.

10. Although a refutative enthymeme might be more effective in a certain sense, how did Aristotle describe all enthymemes?
(a) Inequally valid.
(b) Equally valid.
(c) Equally sound.
(d) Inequally sound.

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

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

13. Why was a refutative enthymeme considered to be more effective by Aristotle?
(a) It was less concise and less elegant.
(b) It was more concise and less elegant.
(c) It was less concise and more elegant.
(d) It was more concise and more elegant.

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What about the past did Aristotle say that a legal orator was concerned with proving?

3. How many periods of a lifetime did Aristotle discuss in Book II, Chapter 12?

4. According to Aristotle, how was the structure of text conveyed in the periodic prose?

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

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