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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. How many hours of the day does Forster suppose should be devoted to love?
(a) Two.
(b) Eight.
(c) Five.
(d) Twenty-four.

2. According to Forster, what is the final test of a novel?
(a) Our affection for it.
(b) Time it is published.
(c) Financial gains of the author.
(d) Critical acclaim.

3. Forster says that permanency is one of the illusions attached to what?
(a) Birth.
(b) Death.
(c) Love.
(d) Sleep.

4. What is the occupation of the husband Moll loves deeply in the novel?
(a) Pickpocket.
(b) Barkeeper.
(c) Highwayman.
(d) Doctor.

5. What does Forster call characters like Miss Grizzle in The Antiquary?
(a) Clever ploys.
(b) Annoying bits.
(c) Pointless blobs.
(d) Ragged ends.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year does E.M. Forster present his lecture series, Aspects of the Novel?

2. Forster's third set of excerpts in the Introduction are from Virgina Woolf and _______________.

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Forster say is the difference between a novel and a memoir?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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