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

2. Storytelling is the ____________ aspect of the novel.

3. Through characters, novels give the reader the illusion of _________________.

4. Where is Moll sent after she is caught stealing?

5. Which author has numerous flat characters who can express themselves in a single sentence?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Forster illustrate through the novel Moll Flanders?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Perhaps the most elusive of Forster's aspects is rhythm. How does Forster define this aspect? Is there a better way to explain it? If it is so hard to attain, why does Forster include it as one of the seven aspects? Does a good novel need to uphold all seven aspects?

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

Does being a novelist himself make Forster more qualified to present this lecture series or cloud his objectivity? What are specific examples of both?

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