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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which author has numerous flat characters who can express themselves in a single sentence?
(a) Tolstoy.
(b) Proust.
(c) Dickens.
(d) Austen.

2. Who is the Antiquary in Scott's novel?
(a) Jonathon Oldbuck.
(b) Miss Grizzle.
(c) Edie Ochiltree.
(d) Lovel.

3. Where is Moll sent after she is caught stealing?
(a) Cuba.
(b) Australia.
(c) Virginia.
(d) Florida.

4. To be a true critic of literature, one must do what?
(a) Read.
(b) Listen.
(c) Write.
(d) Study.

5. Who tries to abolish time in a novel according to Forster?
(a) Marcel Proust.
(b) Sir Walter Scott.
(c) Leo Tolstoy.
(d) Gertrude Stein.

6. What novel does Forster refer to as his eternal summer?
(a) The Old Wives' Tale.
(b) The Swiss Family Robinson.
(c) The Antiquary.
(d) War and Peace.

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

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

9. Storytelling is the ____________ aspect of the novel.
(a) Extraneous.
(b) Controversial.
(c) Ridiculous.
(d) Fundamental.

10. How many hours of the day does Forster suppose should be devoted to love?
(a) Five.
(b) Two.
(c) Twenty-four.
(d) Eight.

11. Works that deal with real people are called what?
(a) Memoirs.
(b) Mysteries.
(c) Mosaics.
(d) Memories.

12. Forster considers a novel to be any fictitious prose over __________ words.
(a) 30,000.
(b) 50,000.
(c) 100,000.
(d) 60,000.

13. Novelists unintentionally make their characters overly sensitive to what?
(a) Love.
(b) Food.
(c) Birth.
(d) Death.

14. What does Forster believe a good novel is "sogged with"?
(a) Story.
(b) Plot.
(c) Action.
(d) Humanity.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. All writers, regardless of time period or subject matter, write because of what?

2. Which character from the novel Evan Harrington is a good example of a memorable flat character?

3. What is the name of the book written by critic Percy Lubbock?

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

5. William George Clark is best known for being what?

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