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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 defines poetic work as what?

2. What does Aristotle consider to be secondary to the most essential element of tragedy?

3. How does Aristotle compare the medium of poetry and prose?

4. In an episodic plot, Aristotle explains that the individual episodes of the story bear what to one another?

5. When the poet takes the appropriate steps in developing plot, Aristotle explains that the poet is much more likely to do what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Aristotle say about plot in tragedy?

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

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

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. Based on Section I of Aristotle's "Poetics", how is the medium specific to poetry similar to and different from prose?

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

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

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

10. Is the unity of plot the same as the unity of a character's actions? Explain.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aristotle explains that poetry can have errors in two ways.

1) Explain these two types of errors.

2) Provide an example of each type of error.

Essay Topic 2

Based on Aristotle's teachings, with what type of actions does tragedy concern itself? How does tragedy accomplish its goals of inspiring certain emotions in the audience? What is the foundation of good poetry writing according to Aristotle?

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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