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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. As discussed by Aristotle, how many modes of persuasion did rhetoric use?
(a) Four.
(b) Two.
(c) Three.
(d) Five.

2. What type of argumentation did Aristotle think the dialectic should be associated with?
(a) Proper and valid.
(b) Simple and valid.
(c) Proper and simple.
(d) Proper, simple, and valid.

3. As explained in Book II, Chapter 4, what type of friends were people most likely to choose?
(a) Ones that associated with people different from them.
(b) Ones that had a different social or economic status.
(c) Ones that had a similar social or economic status.
(d) Ones that associated with the same people as them.

4. Which one of the following was not included by Aristotle as a cause for the feeling of calmness?
(a) When someone has been wronged in an unintentional way.
(b) When someone has helped a person.
(c) When someone does not associate with anyone.
(d) When someone is not known well by a person.

5. What description of the ethical appeal was given by Aristotle?
(a) Appeal to the speaker's intent.
(b) Appeal to the speaker's past.
(c) Appeal to the speaker's character.
(d) Appeal to the speaker's associations.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Aristotle think rhetoric could be useful in terms of one's beliefs?

2. What did Aristotle think was the intent of all voluntary actions?

3. What did Aristotle say was the chief concern of political rhetoric?

4. With the ethical appeal, what would the speaker be attempting to convey to the audience?

5. What did Aristotle think anger was always directed towards?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way were contracts used by a legal rhetorician?

2. How was dialectic defined and what was its connection to rhetoric?

3. Which tactics did Aristotle indicate a epideictic rhetorician could use?

4. What was considered pleasant and unpleasant for the forensic speaker?

5. Which ways should the political rhetorician consider the degree of goodness in forming a convincing argument?

6. What was Aristotle's explanation of fear and confidence?

7. What knowledge of the forms of government did Aristotle think was necessary for a political rhetorician to have?

8. What distinction did Aristotle make between war and peace and national defense as subjects of political oratory?

9. According to Aristotle, what had to happen in order for a person to be shameful or shameless?

10. What definition did Aristotle give for 'rhetoric' at the beginning of the book?

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