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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 tries to abolish time in a novel according to Forster?

2. In which novel does Forster say that the author bounces the reader around characters?

3. Forster says novelists find death to be ____________.

4. Who does Forster say saved his life by telling good stories?

5. What is the name of the popular text William George Clark wrote?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the two basic elements that Forster comes back to again and again throughout the lecture series?

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

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

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

5. How does a Marcel Proust novel demonstrate the aspect of rhythm?

6. Why does Forster say that some authors are suited to writing parody or adaptations?

7. What are the guidelines William George Clark requests for the lecture series he began at Trinity College?

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

9. How does Forster define plot?

10. According to Forster, what is the purpose of food in fiction?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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