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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 does the critic Percy Lubbock feel does not do a good job with point of view?

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

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

4. In the introductory section, Forster quotes from whom to describe the duties of the critic?

5. A novel that does not include an aspect of time is _____________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the two elements that Forster says are necessary for plot?

2. What does Forster mean when he describes a novel with a grand chain pattern?

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

4. What does Forster believe is part of the genius of Dickens' characters?

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

6. What is the difference between an inquisitive novel reader and an intelligent one, according to Forster?

7. What commonality does Forster see between the writings of Henry James and Samuel Richardson?

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

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

10. What does Forster mean when he says that the works of Melville, Dostoevsky, and D.H. Lawrence have an "intermittent realism"?

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

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

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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