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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Flat characters are seldom used in what type of novels?
(a) English.
(b) Russian.
(c) French.
(d) German.

3. What does Forster say it is impossible to study about literature?
(a) Tradition.
(b) Reason.
(c) Value.
(d) Plot.

4. How does Forster say he would answer the question, "What does a novel do?"
(a) Disgustedly.
(b) Jubiently.
(c) Angrily.
(d) Sadly.

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

6. What does Forster use as an example of something all humans have that rarely gets mentioned in novels?
(a) Hearts.
(b) Toes.
(c) Brains.
(d) Glands.

7. Forster starts his discussion of round characters with the novel ____________.
(a) Emma.
(b) Mansfield Park.
(c) War and Peace.
(d) Wuthering Heights.

8. What is the only literary tool to have an effect on tyrants and savages?
(a) Suspense.
(b) Editing.
(c) Drama.
(d) Theme.

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

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

11. Birth and death are the what of the five facts of human life?
(a) Strangest.
(b) Surest.
(c) Silliest.
(d) Strongest.

12. Forster considers what to be the enemy when studying literature?
(a) Mood.
(b) Place.
(c) Time.
(d) Value.

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

14. Forster discusses the death of the character Mrs.Proudie in a novel by whom?
(a) Tolstoy.
(b) Austen.
(c) Dickens.
(d) Trollope.

15. Characters _______ daily life, not coincide with it.
(a) Process.
(b) Parallel.
(c) Propel.
(d) Paint.

Short Answer Questions

1. Forster believes daily life is made up of time and ___________.

2. What are flat characters called in the seventeenth century?

3. Forster's third set of excerpts in the Introduction are from Virgina Woolf and _______________.

4. In which novel does Forster say that the author bounces the reader around characters?

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

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