Poetics Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 says that an action that is failed to be performed in a tragedy by the person who is aware of the circumstances is what?

2. Why does Aristotle say that Homer's "Iliad" is not a tragedy?

3. What does Aristotle identify as a poet's medium?

4. Into how many parts does Aristotle say a language can be divided?

5. In a good tragedy, Aristotle explains that the misfortune the main character experiences is usually caused by what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Aristotle say that a poet should do first when constructing the plot of a tragedy?

2. What does Aristotle identify as the goal of tragedy?

3. 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.

4. In order for a plot to be truly effective in achieving the desired emotional responses, Aristotle explains that the actions portrayed in it must be of a certain character. Explain.

5. What does Aristotle say in regard to how actions in a plot should be chosen?

6. While some tragedies may use impressive visual effects when performed on stage to impress their spectators, what type of tragedy according to Aristotle does not require such spectacles and why?

7. What types of situations does Aristotle say occur frequently in tragedy and why?

8. If the tragedy is to be performed, what does Aristotle say the poet should ensure and why?

9. Based on Aristotle's reasoning, what type of main character should a poet choose and why?

10. What type of recognition is considered by Aristotle to be superior to the others and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Choose one of the following to write about:

1) Discuss epic poetry and the ways in which it's similar to and different from tragic poetry, as Aristotle explains.

2) Explain "heroic" meter, when it's used and why it's important based on what you learned from "Poetics".

3) Discuss the essence of poetry and poetic charm through Aristotle's teachings.

4) Compare two forms of art: the more refined and the less refined. Explain why Aristotle prefers one to the other.

Essay Topic 3

What reasons does Aristotle give regarding why the poet should be careful in picking the content for his poem? What types of stories are better fit for epic poems? Would you attempt to put Homer's "Iliad" in the format of a tragedy? Why?

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