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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 contends that Henry James has two kinds of main characters, the observer and the ________.
(a) First-rate manipulator.
(b) Second-rate outsider.
(c) Wise widow.
(d) Tragic lover.

2. Which author does Forster refer to when talking about the chaos that prophecy can bring to a novel?
(a) D.H. Lawrence.
(b) George Meredith.
(c) Emily Bronte.
(d) Lawrence Sterne.

3. Which one of the following is NOT an author that Forster considers to use prophecy well?
(a) Dostoevsky.
(b) Melville.
(c) Joyce.
(d) Bronte.

4. Who does Forster say is a character type that is seen in many Henry James novels?
(a) Maude.
(b) Missie.
(c) Mama.
(d) Mamie.

5. What is the setting of Zuleika Dobson?
(a) Cambridge.
(b) Oxford.
(c) Buckingham.
(d) Trinity.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Forster quote at the end of his discussion on prophecy?

2. What is the setting of Thais?

3. Forster wonders if there is any rhythm in novels comparable to ____________.

4. What does Forster call the small gods that he says haunt us today?

5. Aristotle said characters give the reader qualities through _________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the difference between an inquisitive novel reader and an intelligent one, according to Forster?

2. What does Forster mean when he says that the plot in the novel is its most logical intellectual aspect?

3. What two qualities does Forster believe the aspect of prophecy demands from a reader?

4. What does Forster say that the fantasy aspect of a novel requires from the reader?

5. What are the two basic elements that Forster comes back to again and again throughout the lecture series?

6. Why does Forster say that some authors are suited to writing parody or adaptations?

7. What is Forster's opinion of readers who do not like fantasy?

8. Why does Forster refer to George Elliot as a preacher?

9. What does Forster mean when he describes the novel Thais as being in the shape of an hourglass?

10. How does Forster define plot?

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