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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. In art, what does Aristotle believe to be the object?

2. What reason does Aristotle give for Homer excluding many things that Odysseus does on his voyage home in the "Odyssey"?

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

4. What are the ways Aristotle explains in regard to how poets differ in their representation of the object?

5. Into what two types does Aristotle divide actions?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. What does Aristotle say about plot in tragedy?

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

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

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

7. Why does Aristotle consider poetic work to be a philosophical undertaking, and, therefore, a higher pursuit than history, which is concerned simply with facts?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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"?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following options to write about:

1) Discuss "Recognition" as defined by Aristotle and provide an example from "Poetics".

2) Discuss "Reversal of Situation" as defined by Aristotle and provide an example from "Poetics".

3) Based on Aristotle's teachings, explain how complex actions may effectively uses these devices.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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