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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. The plot, as Aristotle explains, should be unified in such a way that each part should be what?

2. According to Aristotle, how should the plot of a well-written tragedy be structured?

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

4. In poetry, what is the term that Aristotle gives for an action that aims to accomplish a certain goal, but actually accomplishes the opposite?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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. 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?

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

6. What does Aristotle say about plot in tragedy?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What reasons does Aristotle give regarding why the poet should be careful in picking the content for his poem? What types of stories are better fit for epic poems? Would you attempt to put Homer's "Iliad" in the format of a tragedy? Why?

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

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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