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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Per Aristotle, in which of the following ways does poetry NOT differ from history?
(a) History is concerned simply with facts.
(b) Poetry is a higher pursuit than history.
(c) Poetry depicts what happens according to the "laws of probability and necessity."
(d) Poetry tells the future, and history tells the past.

3. According to Aristotle, how does tragedy achieve the emotion it inspires?
(a) Using the element of surprise.
(b) Contradiction.
(c) Deceit.
(d) Irony.

4. 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 help the reader grasp the significance of the whole.
(b) Actions should be not too small or too large.
(c) Actions should be minute and trivial.
(d) Actions should be interesting.

5. Aristotle warns that a tragedy poet should be careful with what?
(a) The poet should be careful not to write a happy ending.
(b) Writing the middle, as it is the most important part of a tragedy.
(c) Choosing ironic events.
(d) Picking the content for the poem.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Aristotle believe that a failed action by a character that is unaware is more effective than a failed action by a character that is aware?

2. What type of tragedy does Aristotle say does NOT require impressive visual effects when performed on stage to impress their spectators?

3. What type of story does Aristotle define as "episodic"?

4. Aristotle asserts that men who find poetry very attractive find great pleasure in what?

5. What does Aristotle identify as a poet's medium?

(see the answer key)

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