Poetics Multiple Choice Test Questions

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Section I

1. Like any art, poetry is defined by Aristotle as what?
(a) A rhyme with more than four sentences.
(b) A funny story.
(c) A theatrical play.
(d) A kind of imitation.

2. In what three ways does Aristotle differentiate various art forms from one another?
(a) Era, objects, and manner of imitation.
(b) According to the artist, era, and artistic effort.
(c) By the medium, objects, and manner of imitation.
(d) Manner of imitation, artist, and era.

3. Aristotle explains that the medium specific to poetry is one that uses what?
(a) Language alone.
(b) Rhyme.
(c) Pictures.
(d) Words and pictures.

4. How does Aristotle differentiate poetry from prose?
(a) Poetry uses language alone.
(b) Poetry uses rhythm in the form of meter.
(c) Prose uses pictures and music.
(d) They are the same.

5. The object poetry portrays is what, according to Aristotle?
(a) Tragic events.
(b) Other poets.
(c) Various places around the world.
(d) Men in action.

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