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

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

3. What is the silliest way Forster believes there is to classify novels?
(a) Genre.
(b) Time period.
(c) Author's names.
(d) Subject matter.

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

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Forster's third set of excerpts in the Introduction are from Virgina Woolf and _______________.

3. How does Forster say he would answer the question, "What does a novel do?"

4. Through characters, novels give the reader the illusion of _________________.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the guidelines William George Clark requests for the lecture series he began at Trinity College?

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

3. What does Forster demonstrate with the first sentence of The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott?

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

5. What is Forster's definition of a pseudo-scholar?

6. What is striking about the funerals described in the excerpts by H.G. Wells and Charles Dickens?

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

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

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

10. What does Forster mean by a "sense of space" in War and Peace?

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