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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What does Aristotle consider to be secondary to the most essential element of tragedy?
(a) Development of character.
(b) Development of irony.
(c) Development of imitation.
(d) Development of rhyme.
2. Aristotle believes that a poet can turn a complex plot into a simple one by doing what?
(a) Hard work and dedication.
(c) Adding more character flaws.
(d) Eliminating recognition and/or reversal of situation.
3. In how many ways does Aristotle say the method of imitation can differ?
4. What does Aristotle identify as the most essential element of tragedy?
5. Aristotle defines poetic work as what?
(a) A philosophical undertaking.
(b) A love affair.
(c) A bad imitation.
(d) A spiritual journey.
Short Answer Questions
1. Aristotle says that storytelling with episodic plots is to be favored by whom?
2. Men are drawn to write poetry for several reasons. Which of the following is NOT one of the reasons Aristotle provides?
3. In an episodic plot, Aristotle explains that the individual episodes of the story bear what to one another?
4. In the context of poetry, Aristotle explains that rhythm is used in the form of a what?
5. How does Aristotle say the different types of poetry emerged?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Aristotle say about the the beginning and end of a tragic plot?
2. Is the unity of plot the same as the unity of a character's actions? Explain.
3. Based on Aristotle's teachings, what does it mean when a plot is unified?
4. How does Aristotle differentiate the arts from one another?
5. Why does Aristotle consider poetic work to be a philosophical undertaking, and, therefore, a higher pursuit than history, which is concerned simply with facts?
6. How does Aristotle define tragedy as a type of poetry?
7. What does Aristotle say about the actions described in a tragic plot?
8. Based on Section I of Aristotle's "Poetics", how is the medium specific to poetry similar to and different from prose?
9. According to Aristotle, different types of poetry emerge from the personalities of different types of men. What are two examples Aristotle gives in relationship to personality of men and types of poetry?
10. Aristotle points out that good poets may also write episodic stories. What reason does he give?
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