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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the occupation of the husband Moll loves deeply in the novel?
(a) Highwayman.
(b) Doctor.
(c) Barkeeper.
(d) Pickpocket.

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

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) Sadly.
(d) Angrily.

5. 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. Forster considers what to be the enemy when studying literature?

2. What novel does Forster refer to as his eternal summer?

3. The test of a round character is whether it is capable of _________ the reader.

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

5. Which novel does Forster say has a sense of space?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Forster believe an Austen novel is more complicated than a Defoe novel?

2. What does Forster look at in terms of characters in the second section on People?

3. What image does Forster ask his audience to think of so as not to consider literature in the "stream of time"?

4. What are the two sides of a human being as described by the French critic Alain?

5. Why does Forster illustrate through the novel Moll Flanders?

6. What does Forster say is the difference between a novel and a memoir?

7. What are the two movements of the human mind that Forster discusses in the conclusion?

8. Who does Forster classify as the prophet and the non-prophet in literature?

9. What two things does Forster say daily life is comprised of?

10. What does Forster believe to be the flaws in Sir Walter Scott's writing?

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