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. Using an example of the similarities or differences between parents and their children, how did Aristotle describe Socrates' children?

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

3. In Aristotle's opinion, why should political rhetoric focus the most on sound argumentation?

4. According to Aristotle, what was the general difference between enthymemes and examples?

5. According to Aristotle, what was epideictic rhetoric most likely to deal with?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Aristotle define a maxim?

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

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

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

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

6. As the second type of example, what were the two forms of the invented facts?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the five non-technical forms of persuasion and how they should be used in forensic oratory. Also, include a description of just and unjust actions and your opinions about how an action should be labeled and/or approached in rhetoric.

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 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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