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

2. What is one of the requirements Aristotle mentions for a good tragic plot?

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

4. What is history according to Aristotle?

5. What type of situation does Aristotle explain occurs more frequently in tragedy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Aristotle say about plot in tragedy?

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

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

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

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

Aristotle teaches through "Poetics" that poets may use words metaphorically, and he explains that this is done in many ways.

1) Explain various ways in which a character uses words metaphorically.

2) Differentiate between various forms of metaphors.

3) Provide examples of how Aristotle says Homer's "Iliad" uses metaphors.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Based on Aristotle's "Poetics", how does poetry differ from history according to Aristotle? Why is poetry considered a higher pursuit than history to Aristotle? How does Aristotle define the "laws of probability and necessity"?

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