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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 does Scott accomplish in the first sentence of The Antiquary?
(a) Boring the reader.
(b) Determine the plot.
(c) Introducing the characters.
(d) Setting the scene.

2. In Forster's opinion, what is the key failing of English fiction?
(a) Value.
(b) Characters.
(c) Provincialism.
(d) Plot.

3. Who is the first hypothetical person to whom Forster poses the question, "What does a novel do?"
(a) A writer.
(b) A bus driver.
(c) A golfer.
(d) A zookeeper.

4. What novel does Forster refer to as his eternal summer?
(a) The Old Wives' Tale.
(b) The Swiss Family Robinson.
(c) War and Peace.
(d) The Antiquary.

5. The story appeals to what is ___________ in people.
(a) Progressive.
(b) Modern.
(c) Primative.
(d) Melancholy.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Forster say he would answer the question, "What does a novel do?"

3. Flat characters are seldom used in what type of novels?

4. Where is Moll sent after she is caught stealing?

5. Characters _______ daily life, not coincide with it.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Forster illustrate through the novel Moll Flanders?

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

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

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

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

9. Why are flat characters sometimes referred to as humorous characters?

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

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