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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Aristotle say the different types of poetry emerged?
(a) From the personalities of different types of men.
(b) The most talented poets decided on the different types.
(c) Peers voted on their preference.
(d) From non-fiction.

3. Aristotle says that storytelling with episodic plots is to be favored by whom?
(a) No one.
(b) Homer.
(c) Poor poets.
(d) Aristotle.

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

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

6. In the context of poetry and according to Aristotle's teachings, why is man naturally attracted to imitation?
(a) Imitation is a form of acting.
(b) It is a lot of fun.
(c) It is through imitation that man most easily learns.
(d) Imitation is less expensive.

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

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

9. In the context of poetry, Aristotle explains that rhythm is used in the form of a what?
(a) Meter.
(b) Specific beat.
(c) Harmony.
(d) Mysterious undertone.

10. In how many ways does Aristotle say the method of imitation can differ?
(a) Countless.
(b) Two.
(c) Four.
(d) Ten.

11. How does Aristotle define "Recognition"?
(a) A change from ignorance to knowledge.
(b) A sudden realization that one is familiar with something.
(c) A deep knowing.
(d) An understanding of something.

12. How does Aristotle differentiate poetry from prose?
(a) Prose uses pictures and music.
(b) Poetry uses language alone.
(c) They are the same.
(d) Poetry uses rhythm in the form of meter.

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

14. Concerning the "laws of probability and necessity," what statement below is NOT correct according to Aristotle's teachings in "Poetics"?
(a) The poet portrays what events could possibly happen in the world.
(b) The poet implies his vision of how the world should be.
(c) The poet implies his understanding of how the world works.
(d) The poet implies his notion of justice.

15. What type of story does Aristotle define as "episodic"?
(a) A particularly poor story.
(b) A dramatic story.
(c) A sad story.
(d) A great story.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is history according to Aristotle?

2. In what three ways does Aristotle differentiate various art forms from one another?

3. Into what two types does Aristotle divide actions?

4. In poetry, what is the term that Aristotle gives for an action that aims to accomplish a certain goal, but actually accomplishes the opposite?

5. The plot, as Aristotle explains, should be unified in such a way that each part should be what?

(see the answer keys)

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