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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 starts his discussion of round characters with the novel ____________.
(a) Emma.
(b) Wuthering Heights.
(c) Mansfield Park.
(d) War and Peace.

2. As Forster begins the second section on People, he says that he turns from transplantation of characters to what?
(a) Assertion.
(b) Assimilation.
(c) Assistance.
(d) Acclimation.

3. In which novel does Forster say that the author bounces the reader around characters?
(a) Bleak House.
(b) Emma.
(c) Mansfield Park.
(d) War and Peace.

4. Forster says that history is dominated by a sense of what?
(a) Fury.
(b) Frustration.
(c) Futility.
(d) Fatality.

5. Which character from the novel Evan Harrington is a good example of a memorable flat character?
(a) The Count of Denmark.
(b) The Countess.
(c) Jane Elliot.
(d) Becky Sharp.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are flat characters called in the seventeenth century?

2. What is the name of the French critic Forster quotes in his discussion of People?

3. Forster discusses the motto "_______ develops, Art stands still" in the introductory section.

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

5. Fictional characters come into the world more like what than human beings?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Forster believe an Austen novel is more complicated than a Defoe novel?

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

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

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

5. What commonality does Forster see between the writings of Henry James and Samuel Richardson?

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

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

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

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

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

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