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. Continuing the theme of Aristotle's logic, what could be used to deduce the impossible?

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

3. What did Aristotle think the structure of a sentence should always be?

4. How were antithesis sayings defined by Aristotle?

5. What did the paean avoid in order to gain Aristotle's endorsement as the ideal rhythm for prose?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What were some of the ways Aristotle described what was and was not possible in rhetoric and oratory?

3. How did Aristotle define a maxim?

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 was the benefit of using actual facts, the first type of example?

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

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

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

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

Analyze Aristotle's views on interrogation, including his advice for interrogators as well as his advice for a person that is being interrogated.

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

Legal rhetoric was a main form of speech for courts and trials in Aristotle's time.

1) Describe the similarities and differences between the two types of law: the special and the general.

2) Explain Aristotle's definition of wrongdoing.

3) Analyze how both laws applied to wrongdoing and legal rhetoric.

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