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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. Which author does the critic Percy Lubbock feel does not do a good job with point of view?
(a) Melville.
(b) Tolstoy.
(c) Lawrence.
(d) Dickens.

2. According to Forster, the story is the ___________ of a voice in the novel.
(a) Requirement.
(b) Repository.
(c) Backbone.
(d) Border.

3. Who does Forster use as an example when he discusses the difference between real people and fictional people?
(a) Queen Elizabeth.
(b) Prince Albert.
(c) Queen Victoria.
(d) Princess Diana.

4. In what year does E.M. Forster present his lecture series, Aspects of the Novel?
(a) 1923.
(b) 1972.
(c) 1927.
(d) 1932.

5. In The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders, the character is _____________.
(a) Arbitrary.
(b) Secondary.
(c) Everything.
(d) Existential.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who is the first hypothetical person to whom Forster poses the question, "What does a novel do?"

3. Considering literature on the basis of time periods is the act of the ________________.

4. What is the only literary tool to have an effect on tyrants and savages?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Forster look at in terms of characters in the second section on People?

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

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

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

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

7. What does Forster consider to be the strangest of the five basic elements of life?

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

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

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