Aesthetics 1 Test 1

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  • 1. 
    Which of the following is NOT part of Aristotle's Six Parts of Drama?
    • A. 

      Thought

    • B. 

      Character

    • C. 

      Imitation

    • D. 

      Diction

    • E. 

      Plot

    • F. 

      Song

    • G. 

      Spectacle

  • 2. 
    Aristotle lays out an argument that is most closely aligned with what type of thinking?
    • A. 

      Analytical

    • B. 

      Creative

    • C. 

      Critical

    • D. 

      Construction

  • 3. 
    Which of the following is the most important part of drama/tragedy, according to Aristotle?
    • A. 

      Plot

    • B. 

      Imitation

    • C. 

      Character

    • D. 

      Diction

    • E. 

      Thought

    • F. 

      Spectacle

    • G. 

      Song

  • 4. 
    Which of the following is NOT a significant (or important) way in which one form of art (or poetry) differs from another?
    • A. 

      The length

    • B. 

      The objects

    • C. 

      The medium

    • D. 

      The mode of imitation

  • 5. 
    Which is the primary change that Aristotle claims that Aeschylus made to the dramatic form?
    • A. 

      Added the second actor to the stage

    • B. 

      Added call and response to the narrative text

    • C. 

      Added the use of music to the drama

    • D. 

      Added the third actor on stage

  • 6. 
    Which of the following did Sophocles add to the dramatic form, according to Aristotle?
    • A. 

      Scene painting & a third actor

    • B. 

      Music

    • C. 

      Phallic dances

    • D. 

      A second actor

  • 7. 
    Aristotle's argument concerning character rests on the notion that only three possibilities exist: that dramatic characters are morally better than normal men, worse than normal men, or just like normal men (and we will note the inherent sexism of his argument)
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    Thought, according to Aristotle, claims the second most important rank in drama/tragedy
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    Aristotle divides dramatic poetry into two forms: graver, more noble imitations of good men, and more trivial, meaner imitations of bad men
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    According to Aristotle, participation in tragic dramas was compulsory, whereas participation in some dramas were voluntary
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    Aristotle claims that learning about ourselves through the imitative act (drama) is one of the greatest pleasures of humankind
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    From where does Aristotle suggest that our impulse to create and enjoy dramatic art originated?
    • A. 

      From the pleasure felt in creating and recognizing the imitation of another human being

    • B. 

      From the desire to please the gods

    • C. 

      From the competitive nature of early Greeks, each trying to create something novel over the others

    • D. 

      From the power and purpose of speech

  • 13. 
    Which of the following is the Aristotelian definition of a Tragedy?
    • A. 

      An imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude ... in the form of action, not of narrative; through pity and fear affecting the proper purgation of these emotions

    • B. 

      An imitation of an action that is none serious, incomplete, and of an uncertain magnitude ... in the form of inaction (e.g. narrative); through pity and fear affecting the proper purgation of these emotions

    • C. 

      An imitation of a tragic human that is sad, complete, and of a certain magnitude ... in the form of narrative; through pity and fear affecting the proper purgation of these emotions

    • D. 

      An imitation of an action that is sad, complete, and of a certain magnitude ... in the form of narrative; through pity and fear affecting the proper purgation of these emotions

  • 14. 
    Paula Vogel's writing style/process can be described as reflective and patient, taking long periods of gestation to get the words right
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    The music Vogel suggests in HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE is a key feature to understanding the play
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    Vogel shows Li'l Bit to be a victim in HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE has a melodramatic ending
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    In HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, we are given clues that Uncle Peck has seduced more than one young girl
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    In HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, what does Li'l Bit do to try to kill herself?
    • A. 

      Plays with a gun

    • B. 

      Drives drunk

    • C. 

      Walks the streets hoping to get raped

    • D. 

      Uses hardcore drugs

    • E. 

      None of these choices (She doesn't want to kill herself)

  • 20. 
    What activity metaphorically stands in for the main action (seduction) of the play in HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE?
    • A. 

      Driving

    • B. 

      Fishing

    • C. 

      Hunting

    • D. 

      Surfing

    • E. 

      None of these choices

  • 21. 
    According to critics, although HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE is a play that is about many things, it is a play that is primarily about:
    • A. 

      Coming of age

    • B. 

      Sexual molestation

    • C. 

      Dysfunctional molestation

    • D. 

      Understanding the universe

  • 22. 
    What is the "inciting action" for HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE?
    • A. 

      When Uncle Peck fondles her the night before her prom

    • B. 

      When Lil Bit gets kicked out of college

    • C. 

      When Lil Bit gets assaulted in High School

    • D. 

      When Lil Bit goes with her uncle to the beach as an eleven-year-old girl

    • E. 

      None of these choices, there is no inciting action

  • 23. 
    In HILTD, which of the following is the best metaphor for “learning how to drive?”
    • A. 

      Learning how to control a man

    • B. 

      Learning to surrender your own body

    • C. 

      Learning to control the people around you

    • D. 

      Learning to survive life’s misadventures

    • E. 

      Learning to control another person’s body

  • 24. 
    In OEDIPUS THE KING, the city of Thebes, according to the Priest, has been brought to its knees by plague and pestilence
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 25. 
    Against Oedipus' wishes, Kreon has gone to the Oracle at Delphi to learn how to save the city
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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