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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. To Aristotle, what type of recognition is considered superior to any other kind?
(a) Recognition through reasoning.
(b) Recognition through a holy experience.
(c) Recognition based on rumors.
(d) Recognition through the use of a sign.
2. What other name does Aristotle give to the conclusion of a tragedy?
(a) The turning point.
(b) The big tragic event.
(c) The climax.
(d) The unraveling.
3. Aristotle says that an action that is failed to be performed in a tragedy by the person who is aware of the circumstances is what?
(a) The least effective poetically.
(c) Good judgment.
(d) Reversal of Situation.
4. What example does Aristotle provide of recognition occurring through the will of the poet?
(a) There is no such thing as recognition through the will of the poet.
(b) The main character reveals himself to the antagonist when the reader least expects.
(c) One character may reveal himself to another for no reason.
(d) A character is revealed when the poet announces it.
5. Aristotle explains that the complication in plot leads to what?
(a) The unraveling.
(b) A tragic action.
(c) The death of the main character.
(d) The sequel to the story.
Short Answer Questions
1. When is a sign considered to be poorly used in the plot device of recognition according to Aristotle?
2. In a tragedy, Aristotle says that the main character cannot be what?
3. In a good tragedy as defined by Aristotle, why wouldn't you see two evil men fighting and killing one another?
4. According to Aristotle, what happens in a legitimate tragedy?
5. How does Aristotle characterize tragedies with happy endings?
Short Essay Questions
1. What types of situations does Aristotle say occur frequently in tragedy and why?
2. In addition to recognition through sign, what are some other ways that Aristotle identifies as ways in which recognition can occur?
3. If the tragedy is to be performed, what does Aristotle say the poet should ensure and why?
4. What does Aristotle identify as the most successful kind of action in a tragedy and why?
5. In order for a plot to be truly effective in achieving the desired emotional responses, Aristotle explains that the actions portrayed in it must be of a certain character. Explain.
6. Based on "Poetics" by Aristotle, explain how the effect of a sad plot will be magnified?
7. What type of recognition is considered by Aristotle to be superior to the others and why?
8. Does Aristotle believe that Homer's "Iliad" should be written in the format of a tragedy? Why or why not?
9. In regard to the plot device of recognition, give an example that Aristotle provides in "Poetics" of how recognition can occur through some recognition of sign.
10. Give an example that Aristotle provides in "Poetics" of the most successful kind of action in a tragedy.
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