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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. From the information in Book II, Chapter 1, what should a speaker do in order to put the audience in a certain frame of mind?

2. How did Aristotle think the speaker should present themselves to the audience?

3. What definition did Aristotle provide for rhetoric in Book I, Chapter 2?

4. How did Aristotle describe the feeling of friendship?

5. According to Aristotle's explanation, how would a speaker approach a subject when using the logical appeal?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How was justice described by Aristotle and why was virtue a significant part of rhetoric?

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

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

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

7. What benefits might ancient witnesses and recent witnesses have for legal rhetoric?

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

9. Based on Aristotle's analysis of crimes, what would cause a person to commit a crime and how would they select their victim?

10. How did Aristotle explain the good and the useful in terms of political rhetoric?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast enthymemes and examples in rhetoric. Include an analysis of the twenty eight forms of enthymemes, the two types of examples, Aristotle's reference to historical and political examples of both, and how enthymemes and examples were applied to rhetoric in general.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the many aspects and traits of virtue and justice, their value in epideictic rhetoric, and the techniques that Aristotle described for applying them to epideictic speaking.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the five non-technical forms of persuasion and how they should be used in forensic oratory. Also, include a description of just and unjust actions and your opinions about how an action should be labeled and/or approached in rhetoric.

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