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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 says that history is dominated by a sense of what?

2. Fictional characters come into the world more like what than human beings?

3. How many hours of the day does Forster suppose should be devoted to love?

4. Forster starts his discussion of round characters with the novel ____________.

5. What is the name of the popular text William George Clark wrote?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the tone that Forster notes both in the writing of Laurence Sterne and Virginia Woolf?

5. What is the difference between an Austen character and a Dickens character?

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

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

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

9. What does Forster mean by a "sense of space" in War and Peace?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As Forster discusses Wuthering Heights, his lecture reaches a higher point of emotion. How does his tone parallel that of the Emily Bronte novel? Does his lecture on prophecy border on obsession?

Essay Topic 2

What does Forster think about the motto "History develops, Art stands still"? How does he come back to that in the conclusion of his lecture series?

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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