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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. Which author has numerous flat characters who can express themselves in a single sentence?

2. Who is the Antiquary in Scott's novel?

3. Where is Moll sent after she is caught stealing?

4. To be a true critic of literature, one must do what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is one of the reasons that love is "unduly prominent" in novels, according to Forster?

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

5. How does Forster distinguish between fantasy and prophecy as aspects of the novel?

6. What role does the setting play in novels by Henry James?

7. What does Forster consider to be the strangest of the five basic elements of life?

8. How does Forster describe the Dostoevsky character, Dmitri Karamazov?

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

10. What is Forster trying to illustrate through the work of Gertrude Stein?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What are some of the flaws of Forster's arguments throughout the lecture series? Please use references to literature to substantiate the various points.

Essay Topic 2

Does being a novelist himself make Forster more qualified to present this lecture series or cloud his objectivity? What are specific examples of both?

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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