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. Why did Aristotle prefer the periodic prose to the free-running prose?

2. Based on Aristotle's views, how should any good speech be appropriate?

3. In what way did Aristotle indicate refutative enthymemes were more effective in Book II, Chapter 26?

4. As explained by Aristotle in Book III, Chapter 10, how should effective prose express its important points?

5. What effect did Aristotle think an antithesis saying had on the point it was making?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What was Aristotle's opinion of the paean rhythm in prose?

4. What clarification did Aristotle make about amplification, enthymemes, and the soundness of enthymemes at the end of the section?

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

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

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

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

9. How did Aristotle define a maxim?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Introduction of a speech set the stage for the points and arguments it was designed to deliver.

1) Describe the two main purposes for an introduction.

2) Explain the techniques used in an effective introduction.

3) Analyze the situations that Aristotle thought an introduction would work the best and why.

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

Argumentation was the basis for rhetoric and oration.

1) Describe the types of argumentation used in each main form of rhetoric.

2) Explain Aristotle's theory of possibility and impossibility, along with three examples of it.

3) Analyze which forms of rhetoric might use Aristotle's theory of possibility and impossibility the most and why.

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