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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In the introductory section, Forster quotes from whom to describe the duties of the critic?
(a) C.S. Lewis.
(b) William George Clark.
(c) Sir Walter Scott.
(d) T. S. Elliot.

3. Who does Forster say saved his life by telling good stories?
(a) Stein.
(b) Scheherade.
(c) Austen.
(d) Bronte.

4. According to Forster, the story is the ___________ of a voice in the novel.
(a) Border.
(b) Backbone.
(c) Requirement.
(d) Repository.

5. The story appeals to what is ___________ in people.
(a) Primative.
(b) Progressive.
(c) Modern.
(d) Melancholy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. As Forster begins the second section on People, he says that he turns from transplantation of characters to what?
(a) Assistance.
(b) Assertion.
(c) Acclimation.
(d) Assimilation.

15. What is the name of the Jane Austen character that Forster uses to illustrate "life like" aspects of characters?
(a) Miss Bates.
(b) Mr. Baker.
(c) Elizabeth Bennet.
(d) Mrs. Bennet.

Short Answer Questions

1. Birth and death are the what of the five facts of human life?

2. Who tries to abolish time in a novel according to Forster?

3. What is the only literary tool to have an effect on tyrants and savages?

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

5. What does Scott accomplish in the first sentence of The Antiquary?

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