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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

How does Forster tie in his main theme that the purpose of novels is to allow the reader a deeper, broader understanding of life with his discussion of the People aspect of the novel?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Forster concludes his lecture series by tentatively speculating on the future of the novel. How has the novel changed since 1927? How are Forster's seven aspects still relevant to modern literature?

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