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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 refers to characters as ________ created by the novelist.

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

3. Characters must not spread themselves out too far, but rather should ____________.

4. What does Scott accomplish in the first sentence of The Antiquary?

5. Flat characters are seldom used in what type of novels?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Forster define the novel in its most basic terms?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the relationship that Forster paints between prophecy and symbolism? Discuss this in terms of Melville and other novelists.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

What is the difference between the life in time and the life by value? How does Forster illustrate this point through the work of Sir Walter Scott?

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