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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 says characters are full of the spirit of what?
(a) Malice.
(b) Mutiny.
(c) Amusement.
(d) Love.

2. Fictional characters come into the world more like what than human beings?
(a) Animals.
(b) Particles.
(c) Antics.
(d) Parcels.

3. Characters _______ daily life, not coincide with it.
(a) Paint.
(b) Process.
(c) Propel.
(d) Parallel.

4. What is the name of the book written by critic Percy Lubbock?
(a) Novel Writing.
(b) The Art and Craft of Novel Writing.
(c) The Craft of Fiction.
(d) Critiques on Fiction.

5. Forster refers to characters as ________ created by the novelist.
(a) Babies.
(b) Creatures.
(c) Children.
(d) Word masses.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which character from the novel Evan Harrington is a good example of a memorable flat character?

3. As Forster begins the second section on People, he says that he turns from transplantation of characters to what?

4. What is the name of the young man in the first sentence of The Antiquary?

5. Forster says that neither ________ nor anticipation is interested in Father Time.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Forster say that some authors are suited to writing parody or adaptations?

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

4. What are the two elements that Forster says are necessary for plot?

5. What does Forster mean when he describes a novel with a grand chain pattern?

6. What is the difference between an inquisitive novel reader and an intelligent one, according to Forster?

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

8. How does a Marcel Proust novel demonstrate the aspect of rhythm?

9. Why does Forster disagree with Aristotle about the purpose of characters?

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

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