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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. Novelists unintentionally make their characters overly sensitive to what?

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

3. What year does Charles Dickens publish Great Expectations?

4. In The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders, the character is _____________.

5. Forster refers to characters as ________ created by the novelist.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Forster believe is part of the genius of Dickens' characters?

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

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

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

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

8. What image does Forster ask his audience to think of so as not to consider literature in the "stream of time"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss whether or not Forster showed significant difference between the story and the plot as aspects of the novel. Use examples both from Forster and modern novels.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the difference between flat and round characters, as well as the works of literature Forster used to illustrate his points. In his discussion of these types of characters, does Forster make sweeping generalizations that may not apply to all types of characters?

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