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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In order for a plot to be truly effective in achieving the desired emotional response from its readers or audience, Aristotle says that the poet must do what?
(a) Pick characters that the audience can easily pity.
(b) Write a tragedy with a sad ending.
(c) Pick characters whose relationships to one another make the actions of the plot more interesting.
(d) Infuse irony throughout the story.

2. Based on Aristotle's teachings, if the main character of a tragedy is totally without fault, his fall would not be due to his own fault, but rather what?
(a) Poor fortune.
(b) A bad attitude.
(c) His mother.
(d) His own creation.

3. In what three ways does Aristotle differentiate various art forms from one another?
(a) By the medium, objects, and manner of imitation.
(b) Manner of imitation, artist, and era.
(c) Era, objects, and manner of imitation.
(d) According to the artist, era, and artistic effort.

4. What type of poetry does Aristotle say is addressed to a much more cultivated audience?
(a) Epic.
(b) Historical.
(c) Comedic.
(d) Tragic.

5. What reason does Aristotle give for Homer excluding many things that Odysseus does on his voyage home in the "Odyssey"?
(a) Nothing is excluded.
(b) Aristotle says that Odysseus does some embarrassing things that are better left unsaid.
(c) Aristotle says that Homer excludes things because they do not relate well to the overall plot that is being constructed.
(d) Aristotle explains that Homer prefers to keep the reader guessing.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Aristotle believe to be the goal of tragedy?

2. Aristotle explains that tragedy is not only concerned with the depiction of just any action, but of actions that inspire what?

3. Aristotle explains that the poet can err through lacking the artistic capacity to do what?

4. Per Aristotle, how does a certain poet take a historical event and organize it into an elegant story?

5. Based on "Poetics", how will the effect of a sad plot of a tragic story be magnified?

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