Poetics Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) It is a lot of fun.
(d) Imitation is less expensive.

2. What type of poetry does Aristotle say focuses on serious and important actions?
(a) None of the answers is correct.
(b) Tragedy.
(c) Greek poetry.
(d) Roman poetry.

3. The object poetry portrays is what, according to Aristotle?
(a) Tragic events.
(b) Other poets.
(c) Various places around the world.
(d) Men in action.

4. What two things does Aristotle require to be present in a well-written story?
(a) Birth and death.
(b) Irony and foreshadowing.
(c) Rhythm and harmony.
(d) Conflict and pain.

5. How does Aristotle differentiate poetry from prose?
(a) They are the same.
(b) Prose uses pictures and music.
(c) Poetry uses rhythm in the form of meter.
(d) Poetry uses language alone.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Aristotle identify as the foundation of good poetry writing?

2. What type of action does Aristotle say occurs with "Recognition" and/or "Reversal of Situation"?

3. Per Aristotle, the unity of plot is what to the unity of a character's actions?

4. When one character realizes that another character has fewer morals than he once thought, what does Aristotle say is happening?

5. What reason does Aristotle give for Homer excluding many things that Odysseus does on his voyage home in the "Odyssey"?

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