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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Forster says that permanency is one of the illusions attached to what?
(a) Sleep.
(b) Love.
(c) Birth.
(d) Death.

2. Whose characters does Forster describe as being as "flat as a photograph"?
(a) H.G. Wells.
(b) Jane Austen.
(c) Leo Tolstoy.
(d) Charles Dickens.

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

4. How many years separate the writing of Henry James and Samuel Richardson?
(a) 200.
(b) 150.
(c) 160.
(d) 75.

5. Forster says characters are full of the spirit of what?
(a) Malice.
(b) Love.
(c) Mutiny.
(d) Amusement.

6. Whose method with character does Forster believe has been misunderstood?
(a) Dickens.
(b) Lawrence.
(c) Austen.
(d) Melville.

7. In a work in which the author classifies novels by weather, how many different headings are there?
(a) Nine.
(b) Fifteen.
(c) Ten.
(d) Five.

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

9. Forster's third set of excerpts in the Introduction are from Virgina Woolf and _______________.
(a) Samuel Richardson.
(b) Laurence Sterne.
(c) Henry James.
(d) Sir Walter Scott.

10. The secret lives of people in novels are __________.
(a) Invisible.
(b) Mysterious.
(c) Imperfect.
(d) Visible.

11. The critic Norman Douglas writes an open letter to which author?
(a) Charles Dickens.
(b) D.H. Lawrence.
(c) Lawrence Sterne.
(d) Leo Tolstoy.

12. Which novel does Forster say has a sense of space?
(a) War of the Worlds.
(b) The Antiquary.
(c) War and Peace.
(d) Emma.

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

14. Forster believes the truest way to look at a novel is by examining the author's what?
(a) Notes.
(b) Meaning.
(c) Structure.
(d) Past.

15. Which poet does Forster say has made eating somewhat sensuous in his poems?
(a) Milton.
(b) Shakespeare.
(c) Meredith.
(d) Browning.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Forster say is the real hero of The Old Wives' Tale?

2. Who is the second hypothetical person to whom Forster poses the question, "What does a novel do?"

3. What is the name of the popular text William George Clark wrote?

4. As Forster begins the second section on People, he says that he turns from transplantation of characters to what?

5. What subject do the excerpts of H.G. Wells and Charles Dickens that Forster compares in the Introduction both describe?

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