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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. A novel that does not include an aspect of time is _____________.
(a) Valuable.
(b) Poignant.
(c) Valueless.
(d) Pointless.

3. According to Forster, what is the final test of a novel?
(a) Critical acclaim.
(b) Time it is published.
(c) Financial gains of the author.
(d) Our affection for it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. What subject do the excerpts of H.G. Wells and Charles Dickens that Forster compares in the Introduction both describe?
(a) Funerals.
(b) Weddings.
(c) Love.
(d) Christmas.

12. What is the name of the book written by critic Percy Lubbock?
(a) The Craft of Fiction.
(b) Novel Writing.
(c) The Art and Craft of Novel Writing.
(d) Critiques on Fiction.

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

14. All writers, regardless of time period or subject matter, write because of what?
(a) Inspiration.
(b) Greed.
(c) Frustration.
(d) Desire.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The story appeals to what is ___________ in people.

2. Forster compares the story as the _________ of the novel.

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

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

5. Flat characters are seldom used in what type of novels?

(see the answer keys)

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