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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. Fictional characters come into the world more like what than human beings?
(a) Parcels.
(b) Particles.
(c) Animals.
(d) Antics.

2. What does Forster believe a good novel is "sogged with"?
(a) Story.
(b) Action.
(c) Humanity.
(d) Plot.

3. What does Forster say it is impossible to study about literature?
(a) Reason.
(b) Value.
(c) Plot.
(d) Tradition.

4. Which author has numerous flat characters who can express themselves in a single sentence?
(a) Proust.
(b) Austen.
(c) Dickens.
(d) Tolstoy.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Forster say is the real hero of The Old Wives' Tale?

2. Forster surmises that the character Moll was born out the author's experience in _____________.

3. What is the name of the book that William George Clark wrote about his time in Spain?

4. William George Clark is best known for being what?

5. Which poet does Forster say has made eating somewhat sensuous in his poems?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Forster define the novel in its most basic terms?

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

10. What are the two sides of a human being as described by the French critic Alain?

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