Poetics Quiz | Eight Week Quiz G

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Aristotle says that epic poetry ought to follow what?
(a) Guidelines identified by certain organizations.
(b) The format of tragedy.
(c) Established conventions.
(d) Rules set by Aristotle.

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

3. Aristotle warns that a poet should be careful to exclude what from his poetry?
(a) Factual information.
(b) The laws of the natural world.
(c) Things that could actually happen in the real world.
(d) Irrational or inconsistent things from his plot

4. What is the name that Aristotle uses for words that an audience may not understand?
(a) "Big" words.
(b) "Complicated" words.
(c) "Current" words.
(d) "Strange" words.

5. Like any art, poetry is defined by Aristotle as what?
(a) A kind of imitation.
(b) A theatrical play.
(c) A rhyme with more than four sentences.
(d) A funny story.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Aristotle, why do the greatest tragedy poets always choose characters that belong to such groups?

2. Aristotle teaches that the beginning of a well-written tragedy starts at what point?

3. How does Aristotle characterize tragedies with happy endings?

4. Into how many parts does Aristotle say a language can be divided?

5. In a tragedy, which of the following would Aristotle consider to be false?

(see the answer key)

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