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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, why were many people not swayed by sound arguments?
(a) They were too educated.
(b) They were not emotional enough.
(c) They were too emotional.
(d) They were too uneducated.
2. 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 small.
(b) The people in the crowd must be standing in a circle.
(c) The people in the crowd must be large.
(d) The people in the crowd must be standing in a line.
3. As explained by Aristotle in Book II, Chapter 24, what else might a person equivocate?
(a) The use of words.
(b) The meaning of words.
(c) The order of events.
(d) The description of events.
4. In addition to context, what type of application of rhetoric did Aristotle think should determine the style?
5. Using an example of the similarities or differences between parents and their children, how did Aristotle describe Socrates' children?
6. What did Aristotle think a high value of life in older people led to?
7. Why did Aristotle say that amplification and depreciation were not forms of enthymemes?
(a) They were not logical arguments.
(b) They were not comprehensible arguments.
(c) They were familiar arguments.
(d) They were not familiar arguments.
8. What did Aristotle indicate was the result of using complex, foreign words?
(a) They caused people to overthink things.
(b) They caused people to stop thinking of things.
(c) They confused people.
(d) They annoyed people.
9. In Aristotle's opinion, why should political rhetoric focus the most on sound argumentation?
(a) It was the most exciting.
(b) It was the most important.
(c) It was the most flexible.
(d) It was the most austere.
10. How many general forms of enthymemes were discussed by Aristotle in Book II, Chapter 23?
(a) Thirty four.
(b) Thirty eight.
(c) Twenty four.
(d) Twenty eight.
11. What did Aristotle think was wrong with the metaphor that compared a man with a square?
(a) He thought it was boring.
(b) He thought it was too simple.
(c) He thought it was too complex.
(d) He thought it was confusing.
12. As discussed in Book III, Chapter 12, what should legal rhetoric blend argumentation with?
(a) A familiar delivery.
(b) Effective delivery.
(c) A familiar style.
(d) Effective style.
13. According to Aristotle, how many ways could objections be raised?
14. Based on Aristotle's discussion of objections, what would be the purpose in making a similar appeal to an argument?
(a) To contradict it.
(b) To simplify it.
(c) To complicate it.
(d) To overshadow it.
15. In Book II, Chapter 26, how many common errors did Aristotle discuss?
Short Answer Questions
1. Which one of the following would be an example of a fallacious enthymeme?
2. Which one of the following was not included by Aristotle in his description of young people?
3. 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?
4. According to Aristotle, what should vivid descriptions always depict?
5. What did Aristotle think orators should be careful of when writing their speeches?
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