Poetics Quiz | One Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Section III.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Aristotle believe to be most fit to handle grand metaphors and strange words?
(a) Analogies.
(b) An educated audience.
(c) Great poets.
(d) The "heroic" measure or hexameter.

2. 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.

3. How does Aristotle characterize tragedies with happy endings?
(a) He says they are Roman poetry.
(b) He says they are Greek poetry.
(c) He calls them comedies.
(d) He calls them great tragedies.

4. Aristotle says that a poet must understand what in order to write a scene of love effectively between a man and a woman?
(a) Chemistry.
(b) How the human body works.
(c) The use of analogies.
(d) The notion of love.

5. How does Aristotle say the different types of poetry emerged?
(a) Peers voted on their preference.
(b) From the personalities of different types of men.
(c) From non-fiction.
(d) The most talented poets decided on the different types.

Short Answer Questions

1. Based on Aristotle's teachings, in what way does a poet use words?

2. What does Aristotle identify as the foundation of good poetry writing?

3. Artistically, what type of recognition does Aristotle consider to be a serious flaw?

4. What does Aristotle say that a well-crafted tragedy has?

5. In addition to a sign, what is the second kind of recognition as identified by Aristotle?

(see the answer key)

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