On Rhetoric: A Theory of Civic Discourse Test | Final 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. In Aristotle's opinion, why were many people not swayed by sound arguments?

2. What did Aristotle indicate was the result of using complex, foreign words?

3. Why did Aristotle consider metaphors to be useful in Book III, Chapter 10?

4. What about the past did Aristotle say that a legal orator was concerned with proving?

5. As both illustrations and fables utilized imagery to make a point, what type of imagery did Aristotle think fables used?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Aristotle define a maxim?

3. What was the periodic form of prose, and why did Aristotle prefer it?

4. Which example did Aristotle use to display the fallacious ways an enthymeme could be formed?

5. As explained by Aristotle, what four common mistakes were made while writing prose?

6. What value could surprises have in a speech, and what were some of the forms they could take?

7. Based on the information in Book III, Chapter 10, which ideas could a metaphor help to deliver and why?

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

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

10. What were some of the characteristics of a refutative enthymeme?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the seven causes of human action, including a detailed example of each cause, an explanation of which causes were considered to be voluntary or involuntary by Aristotle, and the influence they might have in wrongdoing.

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

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.

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