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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. A Meredithian plot resembles a series of what?
(a) Valleys.
(b) Mountains.
(c) Kiosks.
(d) Questions.

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

3. Flecker's Magic combines the kingdoms of magic and _________.
(a) Transcendent reflection.
(b) Emotions.
(c) Common sense.
(d) Poetry.

4. Aristotle said characters give the reader qualities through _________.
(a) Narrative.
(b) Actions.
(c) Emotions.
(d) Dialogue.

5. What is the setting of Thais?
(a) Paris.
(b) Alexandria.
(c) Rome.
(d) London.

Short Answer Questions

1. Forster says if rhythm is done badly it hardens into a what?

2. What is the name of the main character in Moby Dick?

3. What is the name of the main character in The Brothers Karamazov?

4. What is the name of the main character in The Ambassadors?

5. Forster says an easy way to define any aspect of fiction is to consider what kind of ___________ it makes on the reader.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Forster mean when he says that the works of Melville, Dostoevsky, and D.H. Lawrence have an "intermittent realism"?

2. What is the metaphor that Forster uses to describe literary criticism?

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

4. Why does Forster disagree with Aristotle about the purpose of characters?

5. What is the relationship between pattern and plot in a novel?

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

7. Why does Forster say that novelist Thomas Hardy is essentially a poet?

8. How does Forster define prophecy in terms of fiction?

9. How does Forster define plot?

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

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