Poetics Quiz | Eight Week Quiz F

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In writing a history, Aristotle explains that one necessarily writes of actions which are what?
(a) Inconsistent.
(b) Not unified.
(c) Consistent.
(d) Unified.

2. In depicting his main character, Aristotle says that the poet should always accomplish four things. Of the following, which is NOT one of these four things?
(a) The poet should make the main character perfect.
(b) The main character should be portrayed consistently.
(c) The goodness of the character should be appropriate.
(d) The poet should make the main character good.

3. Based on Aristotle's teachings, why do some tragedies use certain effects when performed on stage?
(a) Because they are "silent" tragedies.
(b) To express language visually.
(c) To impress their spectators.
(d) To justify higher ticket prices.

4. What other name does Aristotle give to the conclusion of a tragedy?
(a) The big tragic event.
(b) The unraveling.
(c) The climax.
(d) The turning point.

5. What does Aristotle consider to be the most tragic event?
(a) Two lovers splitting up.
(b) A mother abandoning her child.
(c) A member of a family killing another.
(d) Adultery.

Short Answer Questions

1. As Aristotle explains, why must a poet be sensitive to the nature of language?

2. How does Aristotle differentiate epic poetry from tragic poetry?

3. Based on Aristotle's teachings about tragedy, how can the poet unify the plot?

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

5. What is the name that Aristotle uses for words that an audience may not understand?

(see the answer key)

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