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

2. Forster contends that while The Antiquary has suspense, it lacks what?

3. In Forster's opinion, what is the key failing of English fiction?

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

5. Forster's third set of excerpts in the Introduction are from Virgina Woolf and _______________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Forster mean when he says that the plot in the novel is its most logical intellectual aspect?

3. What is the possible future of the novel that Forster is willing to consider?

4. What is Forster's definition of a pseudo-scholar?

5. How does Forster define prophecy in terms of fiction?

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

7. How does Forster define plot?

8. What does Forster mean when he says that novels give us the "illusion of perspicacity"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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