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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. In which novel does Forster say that the author bounces the reader around characters?
(a) Bleak House.
(b) Emma.
(c) Mansfield Park.
(d) War and Peace.

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

3. Forster discusses the motto "_______ develops, Art stands still" in the introductory section.
(a) Artists.
(b) Writers.
(c) Novels.
(d) History.

4. William George Clark is best known for being what?
(a) Shakespearean Scholar.
(b) Novelist.
(c) Minister.
(d) Humorist.

5. What subject do the excerpts of H.G. Wells and Charles Dickens that Forster compares in the Introduction both describe?
(a) Love.
(b) Weddings.
(c) Funerals.
(d) Christmas.

Short Answer Questions

1. Forster says that permanency is one of the illusions attached to what?

2. According to Forster, the story is the ___________ of a voice in the novel.

3. Storytelling is the ____________ aspect of the novel.

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

5. Who is the author of The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. According to Forster, what is the purpose of food in fiction?

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

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

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

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

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