Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Aristotle explains that the medium specific to poetry is one that uses what?
2. What two things does Aristotle require to be present in a well-written story?
3. Into what two types does Aristotle divide actions?
4. What does Aristotle call the individual episodes of a story with an episodic plot?
5. The object poetry portrays is what, according to Aristotle?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Aristotle differentiate epic poetry from tragic poetry?
2. Give an example that Aristotle provides in "Poetics" of a failed action where the character of a tragic story was aware of the circumstances then failed to follow through.
3. What does Aristotle identify as the most successful kind of action in a tragedy and why?
4. How does Aristotle classify or divide actions? Explain.
5. Based on "Poetics" by Aristotle, explain how the effect of a sad plot will be magnified?
6. What does Aristotle say the goal of tragedy is and how does he say good poetry accomplish this goal?
7. What common mistake does Aristotle identify concerning poets who write about history?
8. According to Aristotle, how does the method of imitation differ?
9. Based on "Poetics" by Aristotle, how does Homer in his "Iliad" accomplish a great example of how one can take even a historical event and reduce and organize it into a simple and elegant story?
10. What does Aristotle say about the actions described in a tragic plot?
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.
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"?
Aristotle teaches that actions can be divided into two types: simple and complex.
1) Define a simple action.
2) Define a complex action.
3) Provide at least one example for a simple and complex action.
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