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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. What is the only literary tool to have an effect on tyrants and savages?

2. Forster says characters are full of the spirit of what?

3. Considering literature on the basis of time periods is the act of the ________________.

4. What year does Charles Dickens publish Great Expectations?

5. Birth and death are the what of the five facts of human life?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Forster say that Scheherazade avoids her fate?

2. What are the two sides of a human being as described by the French critic Alain?

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

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

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

6. What is striking about the funerals described in the excerpts by H.G. Wells and Charles Dickens?

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

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

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

10. What does Forster demonstrate with the first sentence of The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How does Forster's point about how varied points of view reflect life parallel his points about characters made in the first People section?

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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