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

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

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

4. The purpose of food in fiction is mostly a ____________ one.
(a) Social.
(b) Sustenance.
(c) Subtley.
(d) Substance.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Forster use as an example of something all humans have that rarely gets mentioned in novels?

2. In the People section, Forster says that novelists are appealing to more than our _________ when it comes to the characters of a novel.

3. Forster says that Virginia Woolf is a what?

4. All writers, regardless of time period or subject matter, write because of what?

5. To be a true critic of literature, one must do what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Forster trying to illustrate through the work of Gertrude Stein?

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

4. As defined by Forster, when is a character in a novel real?

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

6. According to Forster, what does a good novel do?

7. What does Forster believe is part of the genius of Dickens' characters?

8. What is one of the reasons that love is "unduly prominent" in novels, according to Forster?

9. What is the tone that Forster notes both in the writing of Laurence Sterne and Virginia Woolf?

10. What does Forster consider to be the strangest of the five basic elements of life?

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