Poetics Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Per Aristotle, in which of the following ways does poetry NOT differ from history?

2. Aristotle explains that the medium specific to poetry is one that uses what?

3. What type of story does Aristotle define as "episodic"?

4. In what three ways does Aristotle differentiate various art forms from one another?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Aristotle say that poetry differs from history?

2. Aristotle explains that the object which poetry portrays is men in action. How may poets differ in how they represent these men?

3. What does Aristotle say about the the beginning and end of a tragic plot?

4. What does Aristotle say the goal of tragedy is and how does he say good poetry accomplish this goal?

5. 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?

6. How does Aristotle classify or divide actions? Explain.

7. According to Aristotle, what is an example of a poor type of story and why?

8. According to Aristotle, how does the method of imitation differ?

9. How does Aristotle define comedy as a type of poetry?

10. Based on Aristotle's teachings, what does it mean when a plot is unified?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to write about:

1) Compare the habits of good poets and bad poets according to Aristotle. Discuss their styles and motivations as discussed in "Poetics".

2) Based on "Poetics", discuss the elements or characteristics possessed by a superior tragedy.

3) What guidelines does Aristotle provide in regard to a poet choosing characters?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to write about:

1) Discuss epic poetry and the ways in which it's similar to and different from tragic poetry, as Aristotle explains.

2) Explain "heroic" meter, when it's used and why it's important based on what you learned from "Poetics".

3) Discuss the essence of poetry and poetic charm through Aristotle's teachings.

4) Compare two forms of art: the more refined and the less refined. Explain why Aristotle prefers one to the other.

Essay Topic 3

When constructing the plot, Aristotle says that the poet ought to do what first and why? When should the poet begin to fill out the individual episodes and scenes of the story? Why is it important to construct the plot in this way?

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