Poetics Quiz | Eight Week Quiz E

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Aristotle call the individual episodes of a story with an episodic plot?
(a) Dependent stories.
(b) Interesting.
(c) Isolated stories.
(d) Funny.

2. Aristotle teaches that the beginning of a well-written tragedy starts at what point?
(a) In the middle and uses the method of flashback to tell what preceded.
(b) Where the narrative has dependence upon events that happen prior to it.
(c) With the end and uses the method of flashback to tell the rest.
(d) Where the narrative has no dependence upon events that happened prior to it.

3. In the context of poetry, Aristotle explains that rhythm is used in the form of a what?
(a) Meter.
(b) Harmony.
(c) Specific beat.
(d) Mysterious undertone.

4. If the problem conquers the characters, how does Aristotle say the tragedy ends?
(a) Successfully.
(b) Happily.
(c) Unhappily.
(d) It ends just at the right time.

5. 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 or the same as they are.
(b) Poets can portray the objects as worse, better, or the same as they are
(c) There is no difference in the way poets portray the objects.
(d) Poets can portray the object as better or worse, but never the same as they are.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Aristotle identify as the most essential element of tragedy?

2. 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?

3. Based on Aristotle's teachings, why do some tragedies use certain effects when performed on stage?

4. According to Aristotle, how should the plot of a well-written tragedy be structured?

5. In poetry, Aristotle says that in the "Odyssey" recognition comes about how??

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