Study Questions for Aristotle Selections,
eds. Irwin and Fine
(Hackett Publishing Company, 1995)

On Interpretation (pp. 13ff.)

Study questions by Dr. Jan Garrett

Last revised on December 21, 2006

1. Of what are spoken sounds and written marks symbols? (16a1-5)

2. What does Aristotle mean by the sentence which begins "But the primary things that these signify . . . "? (16a5-8) (An "affection of the soul" is an acquired feature of the soul. Aristotle believes that the basic items of thought are acquired through experience.)

3. When does the question of truth or falsity arise? (16a10ff)

4. Define "name."

    Explain "by convention." (ch. 2)

5. What is a verb?

    Of what are verbs signs? (ch. 3)

6. What is a sentence?

    Which sentences are statement making? (ch. 4)

Chapters 5-7 define affirmation and negation, simple and compound statements, contradictory and contrary opposites.

7. (ch. 7; 17a38-b1) Does Aristotle believe that universals as well as particulars are real?

    What is a universal?

    a particular?

    State something universally of a universal:

    State something not universally of a universal:

Topics, chapter 5 (pp. 73ff.)

1. What is a definition?

2. If you have shown that two things are the same, will you have established a definition?

3. What is a distinctive property?

    Give an example of your own.

4. Explain your answer to 2 in light of your answer to 3.

5. What is a genus? Give an example of your own.

6. What is a coincident? Give an example of your own.