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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Section III.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Aristotle explains that actions described in a tragic plot should have certain characteristics. Which one of the following is NOT one of the characteristics that Aristotle identifies?
(a) Actions should be not too small or too large.
(b) Actions should be minute and trivial.
(c) Actions should help the reader grasp the significance of the whole.
(d) Actions should be interesting.
2. What is the name that Aristotle uses for words that an audience may not understand?
(a) "Strange" words.
(b) "Big" words.
(c) "Current" words.
(d) "Complicated" words.
3. In depicting his main character, Aristotle says that the poet should always accomplish four things. Of the following, which is NOT one of these four things?
(a) The poet should make the main character perfect.
(b) The poet should make the main character good.
(c) The main character should be portrayed consistently.
(d) The goodness of the character should be appropriate.
4. Why does Aristotle consider the following error less serious than other types of errors: a poet represents a horse as being larger than any horse actually would be?
(a) A larger horse is simply an analogy.
(b) Because it is only incidental to the real purpose of the poem.
(c) A larger horse is a metaphor.
(d) Poets should not write about horses.
5. What does Aristotle say that a well-crafted tragedy has?
(a) Consistent foreshadowing.
(b) Excellent irony.
(c) Powerful characters with morals.
(d) A masterfully written complication and unraveling.
Short Answer Questions
1. In Section III of "Poetics", there are many different uses of what in writing?
2. How does Aristotle differentiate epic poetry from tragic poetry?
3. Above all, what should well-written poetry do according to Aristotle?
4. Aristotle asserts that men who find poetry very attractive find great pleasure in what?
5. What example does Aristotle use to demonstrate his point of epic vs. tragedy formats?
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