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. What does Aristotle say about the element of surprise in a tragedy?
(a) It keeps the reader guessing and interested.
(b) It helps inspire sadness.
(c) It helps inspire pity.
(d) It helps inspire joy.

2. In an episodic plot, Aristotle explains that the individual episodes of the story bear what to one another?
(a) Opposition.
(b) Irony.
(c) Little or no relation to one another.
(d) A lot of similarity.

3. When can a poet depicting men and their actions inaccurately be acceptable to Aristotle?
(a) Never.
(b) When it's done on purpose.
(c) Only once per poem.
(d) Anytime.

4. Men are drawn to write poetry for several reasons. Which of the following is NOT one of the reasons Aristotle provides?
(a) Man is naturally attracted to imitation.
(b) Man enjoys learning.
(c) There is a natural attraction to rhythm and harmony.
(d) Man is naturally attracted to beauty.

5. What does Aristotle say about Homer's "Iliad"?
(a) It lacks pity.
(b) It would not work in the format of a tragedy.
(c) It should be more tragic.
(d) It reminds him of a bad story.

Short Answer Questions

1. What, as Aristotle states, are good poets forced to do when they write stories with episodic plots?

2. To Aristotle, what type of recognition is considered superior to any other kind?

3. What type of tragedy does Aristotle say does NOT require impressive visual effects when performed on stage to impress their spectators?

4. In addition to a sign, what is the second kind of recognition as identified by Aristotle?

5. Once the poet identifies an analogy, what does Aristotle say the poet can do?

(see the answer key)

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