On Rhetoric: A Theory of Civic Discourse Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who did Aristotle think must obey the general law?

2. Of the two kinds of witnesses, why did Aristotle think the ancient witnesses were useful?

3. Which one of the following assessments did Aristotle use to support his analysis in Book I, Chapter 7?

4. Considering Aristotle's views in Book I, Chapter 2, how would the emotional appeal move an audience?

5. How did Aristotle define democracy in Book 2, Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why would rhetoric be used to help define individual beliefs?

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

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

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

6. What was the logical appeal that Aristotle referred to and when would it be used?

7. How were friendship and enmity described by Aristotle?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aristotle's life and background had a key part in the success of his writings on rhetoric.

1) Describe the time period in which Aristotle lived, his background, and his intentions when writing the book.

2) Explain Aristotle's writing style and three examples of the techniques he used.

3) Analyze the effect that Aristotle's background and writing style had on his work in On Rhetoric: A Theory of Civic Discourse.

Essay Topic 2

In the book, Aristotle discussed the three characterizations of sayings in prose.

1) Explain how antithesis sayings are used in rhetoric and provide three examples of them.

2) Describe how metaphors are used in rhetoric and provide three examples of them.

3) Explain how vivid descriptions are used in rhetoric and provide three examples of them.

4) Analyze when antithesis sayings, metaphors, and vivid descriptions would be the most effective in rhetoric or oratory.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the three stages of a lifetime that Aristotle outlined, the connection between a person's age and circumstances, the examples that Aristotle gave to support his views, and the reasons why he might have had those views about age and life. Provide your own examples in your analysis of which points you agree and/or disagree with Aristotle about his opinions on the stages in a person's life.

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