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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. In poetry, Aristotle says that in the "Odyssey" recognition comes about how??
(a) The suitors recognize him by his face.
(b) None of the answers is correct..
(c) Odyssues's nurse recognizes him from his scar.
(d) Penelope recognizes his walk.

4. A character attempting to save his friend but accidentally killing him instead is an example Aristotle gives for what?
(a) Bad luck.
(b) Second degree manslaughter.
(c) Reversal of Situation.
(d) Recognition.

5. What does Aristotle consider to be secondary to the most essential element of tragedy?
(a) Development of rhyme.
(b) Development of imitation.
(c) Development of irony.
(d) Development of character.

6. The plot, as Aristotle explains, should be unified in such a way that each part should be what?
(a) Necessary to other parts, but not to the whole.
(b) Trivial.
(c) Equivalent.
(d) Necessary to the whole.

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

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

9. In poetry, what is the term that Aristotle gives for an action that aims to accomplish a certain goal, but actually accomplishes the opposite?
(a) Reversal of Situation.
(b) Failure.
(c) Irony.
(d) Tragedy.

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

11. What does Aristotle identify as the most essential element of tragedy?
(a) Irony.
(b) Character.
(c) Plot.
(d) Rhyme.

12. Aristotle defines poetic work as what?
(a) A philosophical undertaking.
(b) A spiritual journey.
(c) A bad imitation.
(d) A love affair.

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

14. When the poet takes the appropriate steps in developing plot, Aristotle explains that the poet is much more likely to do what?
(a) Have more consistencies in the plot.
(b) Have a strong ending.
(c) Choose great characters.
(d) Have a strong beginning.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In a tragedy, how does Aristotle say the element of surprise should come about?

2. What type of action does Aristotle say occurs with "Recognition" and/or "Reversal of Situation"?

3. What type of situation does Aristotle explain occurs more frequently in tragedy?

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

5. What type of action does Aristotle say occurs without "Recognition" or "Reversal of Situation"?

(see the answer keys)

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