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. How did Aristotle define "the good"?

2. In dealing with just and unjust actions, how did Aristotle indicate the law could be considered?

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

4. How did Aristotle differentiate between crime and punishment?

5. What was the difference between rhetoric and dialectic in the logical appeal?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What differences between a rhetorician and a dialectician were mentioned by Aristotle?

3. How was the emotional appeal defined by Aristotle?

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

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

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

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

8. Why did Aristotle think that kindness received no compensation?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Besides sound argumentation, Aristotle thought that prose was very effective in rhetoric and speeches.

1) Describe the connection between prose and poetry and how prose was mainly used in rhetoric.

2) Explain the reasons why prose could be used in rhetoric, which audiences Aristotle thought would respond to it, and why.

3) Analyze the four common mistakes made in prose, examples of each mistake, and ways to avoid them.

Essay Topic 2

A discussion of the epilogue ended On Rhetoric: A Theory of Civic Discourse by Aristotle.

1) Describe the responsibilities of an epilogue in a speech.

2) Explain the techniques that can be used in an epilogue and what the rhetorician should do after the epilogue is completed.

3) Analyze the effect of Aristotle's work on current and future rhetoric, speeches, dialogue, and literature.

Essay Topic 3

Define rhetoric in detail, its uses, and in which settings it would be the most effective. Include an analysis of the three modes of persuasion as well as two examples of each mode.

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