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

2. Forster says that neither ________ nor anticipation is interested in Father Time.

3. Forster compares the story as the _________ of the novel.

4. The purpose of food in fiction is mostly a ____________ one.

5. Forster gives his series of lectures on the Aspects of the Novel at Trinity College at _______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Forster classify as the prophet and the non-prophet in literature?

2. What is Forster's opinion of readers who do not like fantasy?

3. What does Forster look at in terms of characters in the second section on People?

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

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

6. What does Forster believe to be the flaws in Sir Walter Scott's writing?

7. How does Forster distinguish between fantasy and prophecy as aspects of the novel?

8. Why are flat characters sometimes referred to as humorous characters?

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

10. How does Forster describe the Dostoevsky character, Dmitri Karamazov?

Essay 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

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 3

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

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