Poetics Quiz | Four Week Quiz B

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Aristotle asserts that the main character of a tragedy must have what?
(a) Weakness.
(b) A tragic past.
(c) Complete confidence.
(d) A lot of money.

2. In poetry, what is the term that Aristotle gives for an action that aims to accomplish a certain goal, but actually accomplishes the opposite?
(a) Tragedy.
(b) Reversal of Situation.
(c) Failure.
(d) Irony.

3. Aristotle explains that often poets will use words with more than one what?
(a) Pronunciation.
(b) Sound.
(c) Meaning.
(d) Spelling.

4. What is one of the requirements Aristotle mentions for a good tragic plot?
(a) A good plot must be tragic in the beginning, middle, and end.
(b) A good plot must have disconnected episodes that tie together at the end.
(c) A good plot must be mysterious.
(d) A good plot must be unified.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When constructing the plot, the poet ought to do what first, according to Aristotle?

2. In how many ways does Aristotle say the method of imitation can differ?

3. The object poetry portrays is what, according to Aristotle?

4. Aristotle gives the following as an example of what: Homer says that Odysseus accomplished a certain number of deeds?

5. Above all, what should well-written poetry do according to Aristotle?

(see the answer key)

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