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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. All writers, regardless of time period or subject matter, write because of what?

2. What does Forster say it is impossible to study about literature?

3. Who is the first hypothetical person to whom Forster poses the question, "What does a novel do?"

4. What is the name of the young man in the first sentence of The Antiquary?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Forster illustrate through the novel Moll Flanders?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

What is the difference between the life in time and the life by value? How does Forster illustrate this point through the work of Sir Walter Scott?

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