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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Forster says that permanency is one of the illusions attached to what?
(a) Love.
(b) Sleep.
(c) Birth.
(d) Death.

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

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

4. What is the highest common factor to all novels?
(a) The plot.
(b) The story.
(c) The theme.
(d) The character.

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

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

7. Forster says that neither ________ nor anticipation is interested in Father Time.
(a) Loss.
(b) Love.
(c) Wisdom.
(d) Memory.

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

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

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

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

12. Through characters, novels give the reader the illusion of _________________.
(a) Peace.
(b) Perspective.
(c) Predictability.
(d) Perspicacity.

13. Which poet does Forster say has made eating somewhat sensuous in his poems?
(a) Browning.
(b) Meredith.
(c) Shakespeare.
(d) Milton.

14. Who is the first hypothetical person to whom Forster poses the question, "What does a novel do?"
(a) A zookeeper.
(b) A golfer.
(c) A bus driver.
(d) A writer.

15. In Forster's opinion, what is the key failing of English fiction?
(a) Provincialism.
(b) Characters.
(c) Value.
(d) Plot.

Short Answer Questions

1. Novelists unintentionally make their characters overly sensitive to what?

2. Characters must not spread themselves out too far, but rather should ____________.

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

4. How many years separate the writing of Henry James and Samuel Richardson?

5. Forster gives his series of lectures on the Aspects of the Novel at Trinity College at _______________.

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