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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 surmises that the character Moll was born out the author's experience in _____________.

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

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Forster describe the point of view in the novel Bleak House by Charles Dickens?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why, in Forster's opinion, is Sir Walter Scott a popular novelist?

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

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

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 3

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?

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