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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Forster says that history is dominated by a sense of what?

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

3. Whose characters does Forster describe as being as "flat as a photograph"?

4. What is the name of the young man in the first sentence of The Antiquary?

5. In the introductory section, Forster quotes from whom to describe the duties of the critic?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why, in Forster's opinion, is Sir Walter Scott a popular novelist?

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

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

4. What does Forster mean when he says that novels give us the "illusion of perspicacity"?

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Forster say that Scheherazade avoids her fate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using references from literature, describe how all seven aspects present in a novel can lead to a transcendent experience for the reader. Which aspect offers the best vehicle to transcendence? Do you agree with Forster that transcendence is the mark of a truly exceptional novel?

Essay Topic 2

How does the development of the novel represent development in mankind? Do you agree with Forster's contention on this point? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the six authors Forster quotes to illustrate the futility of studying works of literature in terms of chronology.

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