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. When an evil character of a tragic story is suddenly thrust into misfortune, it has been said that this satisfies the moral sense of the audience, but Aristotle asserts that the misfortune does not inspire what?

2. Based on Aristotle's "Poetics", great tragedy poets always choose characters that belong to what?

3. Concerning what Aristotle says about the conclusion of a tragedy, which of the following statements is FALSE?

4. What is the purpose of the conclusion according to Aristotle?

5. What are/is the name(s) of the part(s) that Aristotle gives to the plot of a tragedy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. 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.

8. Based on "Poetics" by Aristotle, explain how the effect of a sad plot will be magnified?

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

10. When does Aristotle say the use of recognition through sign is used poorly?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When constructing the plot, Aristotle says that the poet ought to do what first and why? When should the poet begin to fill out the individual episodes and scenes of the story? Why is it important to construct the plot in this way?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to write about:

1) Compare the habits of good poets and bad poets according to Aristotle. Discuss their styles and motivations as discussed in "Poetics".

2) Based on "Poetics", discuss the elements or characteristics possessed by a superior tragedy.

3) What guidelines does Aristotle provide in regard to a poet choosing characters?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to write about:

1) From "Poetics", discuss actions, including the definition of action, characteristics of action, how actions affect the plot, and what types of actions Aristotle considers more impressive over other types.

2) From "Poetics", discuss main character depiction, including how one should pick a main character, the characteristics that a main character should have and provide some examples to support your points.

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