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

2. What knowledge did Aristotle think was required by political rhetoric?
(a) At least one form of government.
(b) At least two forms of government.
(c) The most effective forms of government.
(d) Various forms of government.

3. What was included in the special laws referenced by Aristotle?
(a) All of the explicit statutes of a political body.
(b) Some of the logical opinions of a political body.
(c) All of the logical opinions of a political body.
(d) Some of the explicit statutes of a political body.

4. According to Aristotle, what act should the political rhetorician be concerned with?
(a) The act of limitation.
(b) The act of ratification.
(c) The act of legislation.
(d) The act of rejection.

5. Which of the following would be considered an ideal target for a crime?
(a) A reckless, poor man.
(b) A reckless, rich man.
(c) A weak, rich man.
(d) A weak, poor man.

Short Answer Questions

1. In addition to the relationships with other countries, what other part of war and peace did Aristotle explain?

2. What were three examples of the voluntary causes for human action listed by Aristotle?

3. Based on Aristotle's explanation, what was the difference between envy and emulation?

4. How did Aristotle define that which is unpleasant?

5. Based on the information in Book I, Chapter1, for which side(s) of a question could rhetoric allow a person to make good cases?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which points of view could the law be observed by a legal rhetorician?

2. What was Aristotle's description of the ethical appeal in rhetoric?

3. Which causes of human action did Aristotle outline in Book I, Chapter 10, and which ones were voluntary?

4. What did oaths add to legal rhetoric?

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

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

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

8. Why was happiness thought to be a key component in political rhetoric?

9. What were the two types of laws explained in Book I, Chapter 10?

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

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