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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 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) A character is revealed when the poet announces it.
(c) One character may reveal himself to another for no reason.
(d) The main character reveals himself to the antagonist when the reader least expects.

2. When an evil character of a tragic story is suddenly thrust into misfortune, it has been said that this satisfies the moral sense of the audience, but Aristotle asserts that the misfortune does not inspire what?
(a) Pity.
(b) Fear.
(c) Anger.
(d) Joy.

3. Aristotle asserts that the main character of a tragedy must have what?
(a) Complete confidence.
(b) A tragic past.
(c) Weakness.
(d) A lot of money.

4. In a good tragedy as defined by Aristotle, why wouldn't you see two evil men fighting and killing one another?
(a) A tragedy only has one evil character.
(b) It would be boring.
(c) This action would not inspire pity.
(d) Evil men team up, not fight each other.

5. What are/is the name(s) of the part(s) that Aristotle gives to the plot of a tragedy?
(a) Whole.
(b) The beginning, middle, end, and whole.
(c) The complication and unraveling.
(d) Good, bad and worse.

Short Answer Questions

1. In a tragedy, Aristotle warns that the poet must NOT choose a character who is altogether what?

2. Based on Aristotle's teachings, if the main character of a tragedy is totally without fault, his fall would not be due to his own fault, but rather what?

3. Aristotle says that it's important for any poet to master what in a tragedy?

4. Why does Aristotle believe that the main character of a tragedy ought to be a certain way?

5. How does Aristotle characterize tragedies with happy endings?

Short Essay Questions

1. List at least two things that Aristotle says a poet of a tragedy should always accomplish when depicting his characters.

2. If the tragedy is to be performed, what does Aristotle say the poet should ensure and why?

3. Based on "Poetics" by Aristotle, explain how the effect of a sad plot will be magnified?

4. While some tragedies may use impressive visual effects when performed on stage to impress their spectators, what type of tragedy according to Aristotle does not require such spectacles and why?

5. Define the ways in which Aristotle divides the plot of a tragedy.

6. What does Aristotle identify as the goal of tragedy?

7. Give an example that Aristotle provides in "Poetics" of a failed action where the character of a tragic story was aware of the circumstances then failed to follow through.

8. Based on Aristotle's reasoning, what type of main character should a poet choose and why?

9. What type of recognition is considered by Aristotle to be superior to the others and why?

10. Why does Aristotle consider a failed action in a tragedy where the character was aware of the circumstances then failed to follow through to be a poor development in the plot?

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