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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. In which novel does Forster say that the author bounces the reader around characters?
(a) Emma.
(b) Bleak House.
(c) Mansfield Park.
(d) War and Peace.

2. Considering literature on the basis of time periods is the act of the ________________.
(a) Expert.
(b) Uneducated.
(c) Scholar.
(d) Pseudo-scholar.

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

4. Forster surmises that the character Moll was born out the author's experience in _____________.
(a) Politics.
(b) Prison.
(c) War.
(d) College.

5. What does Forster say it is impossible to study about literature?
(a) Value.
(b) Tradition.
(c) Reason.
(d) Plot.

Short Answer Questions

1. The historian ______________, while the novelist creates.

2. Forster refers to characters as ________ created by the novelist.

3. Who is the first hypothetical person to whom Forster poses the question, "What does a novel do?"

4. Works that deal with real people are called what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Forster say that Scheherazade avoids her fate?

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

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

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

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

7. What does Forster mean when he says that novels give us the "illusion of perspicacity"?

8. What commonality does Forster see between the writings of Henry James and Samuel Richardson?

9. Why, in Forster's opinion, is Sir Walter Scott a popular novelist?

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

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