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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. Flat characters are seldom used in what type of novels?
(a) French.
(b) Russian.
(c) English.
(d) German.

2. Which poet does Forster say has made eating somewhat sensuous in his poems?
(a) Milton.
(b) Meredith.
(c) Browning.
(d) Shakespeare.

3. Storytelling is the ____________ aspect of the novel.
(a) Extraneous.
(b) Controversial.
(c) Fundamental.
(d) Ridiculous.

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

5. In the People section, Forster says that novelists are appealing to more than our _________ when it comes to the characters of a novel.
(a) Imagination.
(b) Expectations.
(c) Intelligence.
(d) Curiosity.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The secret lives of people in novels are __________.

3. To be a true critic of literature, one must do what?

4. In Forster's opinion, what is the key failing of English fiction?

5. Whose method with character does Forster believe has been misunderstood?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why does Forster illustrate through the novel Moll Flanders?

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

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

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