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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. To be a true critic of literature, one must do what?
(a) Write.
(b) Study.
(c) Read.
(d) Listen.

2. Forster gives his series of lectures on the Aspects of the Novel at Trinity College at _______________.
(a) Oxford University.
(b) Princeton University.
(c) Cambridge University.
(d) Harvard University.

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

4. Works that deal with real people are called what?
(a) Memoirs.
(b) Mysteries.
(c) Mosaics.
(d) Memories.

5. All writers, regardless of time period or subject matter, write because of what?
(a) Frustration.
(b) Greed.
(c) Inspiration.
(d) Desire.

Short Answer Questions

1. Forster contends that while The Antiquary has suspense, it lacks what?

2. Which novel does Forster say has a sense of space?

3. How does Forster say he would answer the question, "What does a novel do?"

4. In the People section, Forster says that novelists are appealing to more than our _________ when it comes to the characters of a novel.

5. How many years separate the writing of Henry James and Samuel Richardson?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Forster mean by a "sense of space" in War and Peace?

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

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