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

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

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

4. What is the only literary tool to have an effect on tyrants and savages?
(a) Editing.
(b) Drama.
(c) Theme.
(d) Suspense.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Forster use as an example when he discusses the difference between real people and fictional people?

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

3. The historian ______________, while the novelist creates.

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

5. What is the name of the French critic Forster quotes in his discussion of People?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are flat characters sometimes referred to as humorous characters?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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