Poetics Multiple Choice Test Questions

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Section I

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

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

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

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

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

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