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 believes that a poet can turn a complex plot into a simple one by doing what?
(a) Adding more character flaws.
(b) Eliminating recognition and/or reversal of situation.
(c) Hard work and dedication.
(d) Focus.

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

3. How does Aristotle define "Recognition"?
(a) A sudden realization that one is familiar with something.
(b) A deep knowing.
(c) A change from ignorance to knowledge.
(d) An understanding of something.

4. When an evil character of a tragic story is suddenly thrust into misfortune, it has been said that this satisfies the moral sense of the audience, but Aristotle asserts that the misfortune does not inspire what?
(a) Pity.
(b) Anger.
(c) Fear.
(d) Joy.

5. In a tragedy, how does Aristotle say the element of surprise should come about?
(a) Gradually.
(b) Only after recognition has occurred.
(c) Consistent with the principles of probability and necessity.
(d) Once the main character has demonstrated his worth and morals.

Short Answer Questions

1. When the poet takes the appropriate steps in developing plot, Aristotle explains that the poet is much more likely to do what?

2. Why does Aristotle believe that the main character of a tragedy ought to be a certain way?

3. How does Aristotle say the different types of poetry emerged?

4. To Aristotle, what type of recognition is considered superior to any other kind?

5. What does Aristotle call the individual episodes of a story with an episodic plot?

(see the answer key)

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