Aristotles Rhetoric, Book I, Chapters 7-11
(Kennedy: pp. 66-97; Roberts: pp. 17-32)
Book I: Study Questions 21-30
21. What "ends" or goals does Aristotle associate with each of the four basic kinds
of government, or "forms of constitution" (pp. 72-77)?
22. Hoe does Aristotle define "virtue" (p. 79)?
23. Which virtues does Aristotle list as the "greatest virtues," and for what reason(s)?
24. What does Aristotle recommend when the orator "does not have material enough"
concerning the person he is attempting to praise or blame (pp. 82-87)?
25. What three things does the judicial orator need to grasp (pp. 87-91)?
26. How does Aristotle define "wrongdoing"? Does this viewpoint seem compatible
with a Biblical view and/or your own understanding of wrongdoing? Why?/Why not?
27. What examples does Aristotle give of wrongdoing (p. 88)?
28. What seven causes does Aristotle find for human behavior in general, as well as
for wrongdoing, in particular (p. 89)?
29. Aristotle believed that "no one wills something except when he thinks it a good"
(p. 89), or an "apparent good or pleasure or apparent pleasure" (p. 91). How does
he explain "anger" and "longing" for pleasure (p. 89)?
30. What does Aristotle say that all people are lovers of (pp. 91-97)? Does this
viewpoint seem compatible with a Biblical view and/or with your own understanding
of human nature?