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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 Book II, Chapter 26, how many common errors did Aristotle discuss?
(a) None.
(b) One.
(c) Two.
(d) Three.

2. Which one of the following was not included by Aristotle in his description of young people?
(a) Courageous.
(b) Independent.
(c) Active.
(d) Bold.

3. How many periods of a lifetime did Aristotle discuss in Book II, Chapter 12?
(a) Five.
(b) Four.
(c) Three.
(d) Two.

4. As pointed out by Aristotle, what advantage did a speech that included a surprise have for a listener?
(a) The listener would be more likely to remember it.
(b) The listener would be more likely to repeat it.
(c) The listener would be more likely to agree with it.
(d) The listener would be more likely to understand it.

5. What did the paean avoid in order to gain Aristotle's endorsement as the ideal rhythm for prose?
(a) An uncommon meter.
(b) A definite meter.
(c) An indefinite meter.
(d) A common meter.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Aristotle think the structure of a sentence should always be?

2. What was thought to be incorrect about the example of the misuse of the epithet that Aristotle provided?

3. In comparison to a spoken speech, how did Aristotle think a written speech would often appear?

4. In order for an enthymeme to be successful, what recommendation did Aristotle have about its conclusion?

5. What was Aristotle's opinion about using compound words in a speech?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Aristotle's opinion, why were non-logical ways necessary to convince certain audiences of a sound argument?

2. What were some of the ways Aristotle described what was and was not possible in rhetoric and oratory?

3. Why might an enthymeme have been more effective with a surprising conclusion?

4. What would the a fortiori argument refer to in rhetoric?

5. Which styles of political, forensic, and epideictic rhetoric were discussed at the end of Book III, Chapter 12?

6. How did Aristotle explain the different kinds of arguments used by the three types of rhetoric in Book II, Chapter 18?

7. As the second type of example, what were the two forms of the invented facts?

8. How did Aristotle compare a simile and a metaphor in Book III, Chapter 4?

9. In what way did Aristotle describe the differences between written prose and spoken prose in Book III, Chapter 12?

10. Which rules for poetry and prose did Aristotle outline in Book III, Chapter 2?

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