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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. Fictional characters come into the world more like what than human beings?
(a) Antics.
(b) Animals.
(c) Particles.
(d) Parcels.

2. What is the name of the popular text William George Clark wrote?
(a) Shakespeare Around the Globe.
(b) Shakespearean Globe.
(c) Globe Theater and Shakespeare.
(d) Globe Shakespeare.

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

4. The historian ______________, while the novelist creates.
(a) Receives.
(b) Regrets.
(c) Records.
(d) Retreats.

5. Considering literature on the basis of time periods is the act of the ________________.
(a) Scholar.
(b) Pseudo-scholar.
(c) Expert.
(d) Uneducated.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What subject do the excerpts of H.G. Wells and Charles Dickens that Forster compares in the Introduction both describe?

3. Who tries to abolish time in a novel according to Forster?

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

5. What is the only literary tool to have an effect on tyrants and savages?

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

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

4. What is Forster's definition of a pseudo-scholar?

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

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

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

8. What is striking about the funerals described in the excerpts by H.G. Wells and Charles Dickens?

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

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

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