Poetics Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Aristotle says that it's important for any poet to master what in a tragedy?
(a) The beginning of the story.
(b) The complication and unraveling.
(c) The main character's life and death.
(d) The middle of the story.

2. What are the ways Aristotle explains in regard to how poets differ in their representation of the object?
(a) There is no difference in the way poets portray the objects.
(b) Poets can portray the objects as worse, better, or the same as they are
(c) Poets can portray the object as better or worse, but never the same as they are.
(d) Poets can portray the objects as worse or the same as they are.

3. The plot, as Aristotle explains, should be unified in such a way that each part should be what?
(a) Equivalent.
(b) Necessary to other parts, but not to the whole.
(c) Trivial.
(d) Necessary to the whole.

4. According to Aristotle, what type of poets attempt to create tragedies that result in everyone ultimately being happy?
(a) Poets more concerned with pleasing their audience.
(b) Innovative poets.
(c) Poets more interested in winning an award.
(d) Optimistic poets.

5. According to Aristotle, why do good poets sometimes write stories using episodic plots?
(a) Because episodic plots are considered more interesting.
(b) For the challenge.
(c) They never write stories using episodic plots.
(d) To showcase their skills in contests.

Short Answer Questions

1. Into how many parts does Aristotle divide the plot of a tragedy?

2. What does Aristotle say occurs at the beginning of a tragic story?

3. In art, Aristotle defines the medium as what?

4. Based on Aristotle's teachings about tragedy, how can the poet unify the plot?

5. Aristotle says that an action that is failed to be performed in a tragedy by the person who is aware of the circumstances is what?

(see the answer key)

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