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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. Flat characters are seldom used in what type of novels?
(a) German.
(b) French.
(c) English.
(d) Russian.

2. Whose method with character does Forster believe has been misunderstood?
(a) Dickens.
(b) Austen.
(c) Lawrence.
(d) Melville.

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

4. What does Forster use as an example of something all humans have that rarely gets mentioned in novels?
(a) Toes.
(b) Glands.
(c) Brains.
(d) Hearts.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which characters in The Antiquary does Forster say Scott introduced artlessly?

2. What does Scott accomplish in the first sentence of The Antiquary?

3. Who does Forster use as an example when he discusses the difference between real people and fictional people?

4. Forster gives his series of lectures on the Aspects of the Novel at Trinity College at _______________.

5. According to Forster, what is the final test of a novel?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Forster hesitate to speculate on the future of the novel?

3. Who does Forster classify as the prophet and the non-prophet in literature?

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

5. What are the two schools of thought that Forster offers on the future of the novel?

6. How does a Marcel Proust novel demonstrate the aspect of rhythm?

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

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

9. What does Forster speculate may happen in the future as he concludes his thoughts on the novel?

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

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