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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, Aristotle defines the medium as what?
2. Per Aristotle, the unity of plot is what to the unity of a character's actions?
3. In poetry, Aristotle explains that the "Recognition" is almost always what?
4. Into what two types does Aristotle divide actions?
5. Aristotle explains that the medium specific to poetry is one that uses what?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Aristotle consider poetic work to be a philosophical undertaking, and, therefore, a higher pursuit than history, which is concerned simply with facts?
2. How does Aristotle say that poetry differs from history?
3. What does Aristotle say about plot in tragedy?
4. According to Aristotle, how does the method of imitation differ?
5. According to Aristotle, what is an example of a poor type of story and why?
6. Whom does Aristotle say favors episodic, as opposed to epic, storytelling and why?
7. 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?
8. What does Aristotle say about the the beginning and end of a tragic plot?
9. Is the unity of plot the same as the unity of a character's actions? Explain.
10. Aristotle explains that the object which poetry portrays is men in action. How may poets differ in how they represent these men?
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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