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. What did Aristotle think orators should be careful of when writing their speeches?

2. Which one of the following was not included in Aristotle's recommendations for orators on how to write and speak their arguments?

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

4. Why was a refutative enthymeme considered to be more effective by Aristotle?

5. How did Aristotle describe arrhythmic prose for speech writing purposes in Book III, Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Aristotle define a maxim?

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

4. What were the four ways that Aristotle listed about how objections could be raised?

5. Based on Aristotle's discussion at the beginning of Book II, Chapter 12, which things could influence a person's feelings?

6. How might the antithesis sayings emphasize a particular point?

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

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

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

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

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 2

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.

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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