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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. Forster says that Virginia Woolf is a what?
(a) Futurist.
(b) Failure.
(c) Fanatic.
(d) Fantasist.

2. The secret lives of people in novels are __________.
(a) Invisible.
(b) Imperfect.
(c) Visible.
(d) Mysterious.

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

4. Forster refers to characters as ________ created by the novelist.
(a) Children.
(b) Babies.
(c) Word masses.
(d) Creatures.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the young man in the first sentence of The Antiquary?

2. Who is the Antiquary in Scott's novel?

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

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

5. What does Forster believe a good novel is "sogged with"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What two things does Forster say daily life is comprised of?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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