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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. Forster contends that while The Antiquary has suspense, it lacks what?
(a) Marketability.
(b) Story.
(c) Passion.
(d) Theme.

2. What novel does Forster refer to as his eternal summer?
(a) The Old Wives' Tale.
(b) The Antiquary.
(c) War and Peace.
(d) The Swiss Family Robinson.

3. Whose characters does Forster describe as being as "flat as a photograph"?
(a) H.G. Wells.
(b) Jane Austen.
(c) Leo Tolstoy.
(d) Charles Dickens.

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

5. The secret lives of people in novels are __________.
(a) Visible.
(b) Imperfect.
(c) Invisible.
(d) Mysterious.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the popular text William George Clark wrote?

2. What is the only literary tool to have an effect on tyrants and savages?

3. Forster says characters are full of the spirit of what?

4. Forster discusses the death of the character Mrs.Proudie in a novel by whom?

5. Forster discusses the motto "_______ develops, Art stands still" in the introductory section.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the difference between an Austen character and a Dickens character?

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

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

5. William George Clark was known as a Shakespearean scholar, but he also published two books on other subjects. What other books does Clark publish?

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

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

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

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

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

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