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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. What is the name of the French critic Forster quotes in his discussion of People?

3. What does Forster use as an example of something all humans have that rarely gets mentioned in novels?

4. Works that deal with real people are called what?

5. Forster says he is not analyzing The Antiquary, but rather _____________ it.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the tone that Forster notes both in the writing of Laurence Sterne and Virginia Woolf?

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

7. As defined by Forster, when is a character in a novel real?

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

9. William George Clark was known as a Shakespearean scholar, but he also published two books on other subjects. What other books does Clark publish?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

Using references from literature, describe how all seven aspects present in a novel can lead to a transcendent experience for the reader. Which aspect offers the best vehicle to transcendence? Do you agree with Forster that transcendence is the mark of a truly exceptional novel?

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