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

2. As Forster begins the second section on People, he says that he turns from transplantation of characters to what?
(a) Assimilation.
(b) Assertion.
(c) Acclimation.
(d) Assistance.

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

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

5. A novel that does not include an aspect of time is _____________.
(a) Poignant.
(b) Pointless.
(c) Valuable.
(d) Valueless.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Forster believe a good novel is "sogged with"?

2. Which author has numerous flat characters who can express themselves in a single sentence?

3. Through characters, novels give the reader the illusion of _________________.

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

5. What does Forster call characters like Miss Grizzle in The Antiquary?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Forster describe the point of view in the novel Bleak House by Charles Dickens?

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

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

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

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

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

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