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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 asserts that men who find poetry very attractive find great pleasure in what?

2. Aristotle states that poetry depicts what?

3. According to Aristotle, how does tragedy achieve the emotion it inspires?

4. Per Aristotle, in which of the following ways does poetry NOT differ from history?

5. Aristotle defines poetic work as what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Aristotle say about plot in tragedy?

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

10. How does Aristotle differentiate the arts from one another?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

According to Aristotle, plot is the most essential element of tragedy; it is the sole element without which a tragedy could not exist. The development of character, though important, is secondary to the development of plot.

Part 1) Explain why the development of character is secondary to the development of plot.

Part 2) Through Aristotle's perspective, how should the plot of a well-written tragedy be structured?

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