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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. What does Scott accomplish in the first sentence of The Antiquary?

2. The purpose of food in fiction is mostly a ____________ one.

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

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

5. How does Forster say he would answer the question, "What does a novel do?"

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Forster, what is the purpose of food in fiction?

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

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

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

6. How does Forster describe the point of view in the novel Bleak House by Charles Dickens?

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

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

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

10. William George Clark was known as a Shakespearean scholar, but he also published two books on other subjects. What other books does Clark publish?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is Forster's exploration of the aspects of fantasy and prophecy at the core of his overall philosophy on the novel? What is the fine line between these two aspects?

Essay Topic 2

What is the relationship that Forster paints between prophecy and symbolism? Discuss this in terms of Melville and other novelists.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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