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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 is the name of the Jane Austen character that Forster uses to illustrate "life like" aspects of characters?
(a) Miss Bates.
(b) Elizabeth Bennet.
(c) Mrs. Bennet.
(d) Mr. Baker.

2. What is the highest common factor to all novels?
(a) The character.
(b) The story.
(c) The plot.
(d) The theme.

3. Which author does Forster say is a genius with characters who are caricatures?
(a) Austen.
(b) Trollope.
(c) Dickens.
(d) Sterne.

4. Forster believes daily life is made up of time and ___________.
(a) Boredom.
(b) Value.
(c) Labor.
(d) Love.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Forster says that history is dominated by a sense of what?

2. What does Forster say it is impossible to study about literature?

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

4. What are flat characters called in the seventeenth century?

5. A novel that does not include an aspect of time is _____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What image does Forster ask his audience to think of so as not to consider literature in the "stream of time"?

5. Why, in Forster's opinion, is Sir Walter Scott a popular novelist?

6. What does Forster say is the difference between a novel and a memoir?

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

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

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

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

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