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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Which author does the critic Percy Lubbock feel does not do a good job with point of view?
(a) Lawrence.
(b) Dickens.
(c) Melville.
(d) Tolstoy.

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

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

9. William George Clark is best known for being what?
(a) Minister.
(b) Humorist.
(c) Novelist.
(d) Shakespearean Scholar.

10. What does Scott accomplish in the first sentence of The Antiquary?
(a) Setting the scene.
(b) Determine the plot.
(c) Introducing the characters.
(d) Boring the reader.

11. Forster compares the story as the _________ of the novel.
(a) Tapeworm.
(b) Pet.
(c) Parent.
(d) Enemy.

12. Which character from the novel Evan Harrington is a good example of a memorable flat character?
(a) Jane Elliot.
(b) Becky Sharp.
(c) The Count of Denmark.
(d) The Countess.

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

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

15. In the People section, Forster says that novelists are appealing to more than our _________ when it comes to the characters of a novel.
(a) Curiosity.
(b) Expectations.
(c) Intelligence.
(d) Imagination.

Short Answer Questions

1. Forster considers a novel to be any fictitious prose over __________ words.

2. Which author has numerous flat characters who can express themselves in a single sentence?

3. Forster contends that while The Antiquary has suspense, it lacks what?

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

5. In Forster's opinion, what is the key failing of English fiction?

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