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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. In Aristotle's description of fear, what was the opposite of fear?
(a) Knowledge.
(b) Friendship.
(c) Ability.
(d) Confidence.

2. Which one of the following could be an example of the emotional appeal?
(a) Making the audience tired of listening to the speech.
(b) Making the audience angry to fight a war.
(c) Making the audience doubt their own point of view.
(d) Making the audience think about a different point of view.

3. As explained by Aristotle in Book I, Chapter 10, what was the concern of the legal rhetorician?
(a) Only proving wrongdoing.
(b) Either proving or disproving wrongdoing.
(c) Neither proving nor disproving wrongdoing.
(d) Only disproving wrongdoing.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Besides proof with explicit premises, what was included in Aristotle's definition of syllogism?

4. How did Aristotle define calmness?

5. Which kind of distinction was made by Aristotle between war and peace, and national defense?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were some of the aspects of anger and calmness that Aristotle discussed in the book?

2. How were the three main areas of rhetoric introduced by Aristotle?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Besides war and peace and national defense, what other subjects of political oratory did Aristotle include in Book 1, Chapter 4?

9. In what ways might indignation be considered the opposite of pity, and how did it differ from envy or emulation?

10. How were friendship and enmity described by Aristotle?

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