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

2. The secret lives of people in novels are __________.

3. In what year does E.M. Forster present his lecture series, Aspects of the Novel?

4. What subject do the excerpts of H.G. Wells and Charles Dickens that Forster compares in the Introduction both describe?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. As defined by Forster, when is a character in a novel real?

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

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

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

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

9. Why are flat characters sometimes referred to as humorous characters?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Who are the authors that Forster expresses admiration for regarding their attempts at breaking the mold of certain aspects of the novel? Does it matter that he views their attempts as mostly unsuccessful?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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