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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) Dependent stories.
(b) Interesting.
(c) Isolated stories.
(d) Funny.

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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) There is a natural attraction to rhythm and harmony.
(c) Man is naturally attracted to beauty.
(d) Man enjoys learning.

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

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

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

11. Per Aristotle, in which of the following ways does poetry NOT differ from history?
(a) Poetry depicts what happens according to the "laws of probability and necessity."
(b) History is concerned simply with facts.
(c) Poetry is a higher pursuit than history.
(d) Poetry tells the future, and history tells the past.

12. What men does Aristotle consider to be "lower" types?
(a) Single men.
(b) Men who are poor and unhealthy.
(c) Unemployed men.
(d) Men who are defective in some way, but not altogether evil or malicious towards others.

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

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

15. In poetry, Aristotle explains that the "Recognition" is almost always what?
(a) Between two characters.
(b) The end of the poem.
(c) A tragedy.
(d) A surprise.

Short Answer Questions

1. In order for a plot to be truly effective in achieving the desired emotional response from its readers or audience, Aristotle says that the poet must do what?

2. When one character realizes that another character has fewer morals than he once thought, what does Aristotle say is happening?

3. In the context of poetry and according to Aristotle's teachings, why is man naturally attracted to imitation?

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

5. In poetry, Aristotle says that in the "Odyssey" recognition comes about how??

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