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. A character attempting to save his friend but accidentally killing him instead is an example Aristotle gives for what?

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

3. How does Aristotle differentiate poetry from prose?

4. How does Aristotle say the different types of poetry emerged?

5. Aristotle explains that tragedy is not only concerned with the depiction of just any action, but of actions that inspire what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Aristotle say about plot in tragedy?

2. What are two reasons Aristotle says that men are drawn to write poetry?

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

4. Whom does Aristotle say favors episodic, as opposed to epic, storytelling and why?

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. Aristotle points out that good poets may also write episodic stories. What reason does he give?

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

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

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

10. How does Aristotle define tragedy as a type of poetry?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to write about:

1) From "Poetics", discuss actions, including the definition of action, characteristics of action, how actions affect the plot, and what types of actions Aristotle considers more impressive over other types.

2) From "Poetics", discuss main character depiction, including how one should pick a main character, the characteristics that a main character should have and provide some examples to support your points.

Essay Topic 2

Aristotle divides the plot of a tragedy into two parts: the complication and the unraveling.

Part 1) Discuss the complication.

Part 2) Discuss the unraveling.

Part 3) Provide examples of each.

Essay Topic 3

What reasons does Aristotle give regarding why the poet must be sensitive to the nature of language? Into what parts can language be subdivided? What are some ways suggested by Aristotle that a poet could effectively create a rhythmic and pleasant-sounding poem that has a meter that is appropriate to the type of poem he is creating as well as to the subject matter?

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