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

2. What two things does Aristotle require to be present in a well-written story?

3. Into what two types does Aristotle divide actions?

4. What does Aristotle call the individual episodes of a story with an episodic plot?

5. The object poetry portrays is what, according to Aristotle?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Aristotle differentiate epic poetry from tragic poetry?

2. 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.

3. What does Aristotle identify as the most successful kind of action in a tragedy and why?

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

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

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

7. What common mistake does Aristotle identify concerning poets who write about history?

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

9. Based on "Poetics" by Aristotle, how does Homer in his "Iliad" accomplish a great example of how one can take even a historical event and reduce and organize it into a simple and elegant story?

10. What does Aristotle say about the actions described in a tragic plot?

Essay 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

How would you develop an episodic plot as defined by Aristotle? What type of poets does Aristotle say are known to use this form of storytelling? Why do other types of poets use this form?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to write about:

1) Based on your interpretation of "Poetics", compare the writing styles and balance of well written poetry versus poorly written poetry.

2) Discuss why a poet, according to Aristotle, must always be sure to keep the plots for his stories simple.

3) Compare history and poetry through the eyes of Aristotle. Explain the mistake many writers make when writing stories from history.

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