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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What, as Aristotle states, are good poets forced to do when they write stories with episodic plots?
(a) To lengthen their stories.
(b) To write poorly.
(c) To write better.
(d) To shorten their stories.

2. Aristotle explains that the medium specific to poetry is one that uses what?
(a) Pictures.
(b) Rhyme.
(c) Language alone.
(d) Words and pictures.

3. Aristotle says that at most, episodic plots involve what?
(a) Strange irony.
(b) Sad middle and happy ending.
(c) The same characters.
(d) Disconnected foreshadowing.

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

5. Aristotle says what type of poetry imitates the "lower" types of men?
(a) Comedy.
(b) Roman poetry.
(c) Greek poetry.
(d) Tragedy.

6. Into what two types does Aristotle divide actions?
(a) Good and bad.
(b) Happy and sad.
(c) Congruent and incongruent.
(d) Simple and complex.

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

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

9. What two things does Aristotle require to be present in a well-written story?
(a) Irony and foreshadowing.
(b) Rhythm and harmony.
(c) Conflict and pain.
(d) Birth and death.

10. The object poetry portrays is what, according to Aristotle?
(a) Various places around the world.
(b) Men in action.
(c) Other poets.
(d) Tragic events.

11. According to Aristotle, why do good poets sometimes write stories using episodic plots?
(a) To showcase their skills in contests.
(b) For the challenge.
(c) They never write stories using episodic plots.
(d) Because episodic plots are considered more interesting.

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

13. Aristotle explains that tragedy is not only concerned with the depiction of just any action, but of actions that inspire what?
(a) Happiness.
(b) Resentment.
(c) Pity.
(d) Anger.

14. How does Aristotle compare the medium of poetry and prose?
(a) Both use the same medium and rhythm.
(b) Both use the same medium.
(c) It is nothing like prose.
(d) Both use the same medium and meter.

15. What does Aristotle identify as the foundation of good poetry writing?
(a) Using well-researched historical events.
(b) Irony.
(c) Probability and necessity.
(d) An interesting twist or turn.

Short Answer Questions

1. In art, Aristotle defines the medium as what?

2. How does Aristotle differentiate poetry from prose?

3. Concerning the "laws of probability and necessity," what statement below is NOT correct according to Aristotle's teachings in "Poetics"?

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

5. Per Aristotle, in which of the following ways does poetry NOT differ from history?

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