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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of the young man in the first sentence of The Antiquary?
(a) Laurence.
(b) Jonathon.
(c) Edie.
(d) Lovel.

2. In The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders, the character is _____________.
(a) Secondary.
(b) Everything.
(c) Existential.
(d) Arbitrary.

3. Forster says that history is dominated by a sense of what?
(a) Futility.
(b) Frustration.
(c) Fury.
(d) Fatality.

4. Forster discusses the motto "_______ develops, Art stands still" in the introductory section.
(a) Novels.
(b) Artists.
(c) History.
(d) Writers.

5. Fictional characters come into the world more like what than human beings?
(a) Antics.
(b) Particles.
(c) Parcels.
(d) Animals.

6. Forster refers to characters as ________ created by the novelist.
(a) Creatures.
(b) Babies.
(c) Children.
(d) Word masses.

7. Who is the first hypothetical person to whom Forster poses the question, "What does a novel do?"
(a) A zookeeper.
(b) A golfer.
(c) A writer.
(d) A bus driver.

8. Who is the author of The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders?
(a) George Meredith.
(b) Daniel Defoe.
(c) Anothony Trollope.
(d) Charles Dickens.

9. What subject do the excerpts of H.G. Wells and Charles Dickens that Forster compares in the Introduction both describe?
(a) Love.
(b) Funerals.
(c) Weddings.
(d) Christmas.

10. Forster says he is not analyzing The Antiquary, but rather _____________ it.
(a) Transcribing.
(b) Paraphrasing.
(c) Enlightening.
(d) Translating.

11. What is the occupation of the husband Moll loves deeply in the novel?
(a) Highwayman.
(b) Doctor.
(c) Pickpocket.
(d) Barkeeper.

12. Characters must not spread themselves out too far, but rather should ____________.
(a) Be consistent.
(b) Exercise mutual restraint.
(c) Eat, drink, and be merry.
(d) Think small.

13. Who does Forster say is the real hero of The Old Wives' Tale?
(a) Time.
(b) Character.
(c) Value.
(d) Plot.

14. What is the name of the French critic Forster quotes in his discussion of People?
(a) Jean Claude.
(b) Alaque.
(c) Alain.
(d) Jacque.

15. What are flat characters called in the seventeenth century?
(a) Humans.
(b) Humorous.
(c) Flaties.
(d) Paper thin.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the Jane Austen character that Forster uses to illustrate "life like" aspects of characters?

2. Forster considers what to be the enemy when studying literature?

3. Which poet does Forster say has made eating somewhat sensuous in his poems?

4. What does Forster believe a good novel is "sogged with"?

5. In what year does E.M. Forster present his lecture series, Aspects of the Novel?

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