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. When one character realizes that another character has fewer morals than he once thought, what does Aristotle say is happening?
(a) Bad judgment.
(b) Growth.
(c) Recognition.
(d) Opportunity.

2. What does Aristotle say about the element of surprise in a tragedy?
(a) It helps inspire sadness.
(b) It helps inspire pity.
(c) It helps inspire joy.
(d) It keeps the reader guessing and interested.

3. In the context of poetry and according to Aristotle's teachings, why is man naturally attracted to imitation?
(a) Imitation is a form of acting.
(b) It is through imitation that man most easily learns.
(c) Imitation is less expensive.
(d) It is a lot of fun.

4. Concerning the "laws of probability and necessity," what statement below is NOT correct according to Aristotle's teachings in "Poetics"?
(a) The poet portrays what events could possibly happen in the world.
(b) The poet implies his understanding of how the world works.
(c) The poet implies his notion of justice.
(d) The poet implies his vision of how the world should be.

5. What does Aristotle identify as the foundation of good poetry writing?
(a) An interesting twist or turn.
(b) Irony.
(c) Probability and necessity.
(d) Using well-researched historical events.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are/is the name(s) of the part(s) that Aristotle gives to the plot of a tragedy?

2. What other name does Aristotle give to the conclusion of a tragedy?

3. What is history according to Aristotle?

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

5. According to Aristotle, how does tragedy achieve the emotion it inspires?

(see the answer key)

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