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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. In The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders, the character is _____________.

2. Forster starts his discussion of round characters with the novel ____________.

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

4. Who is the Antiquary in Scott's novel?

5. Forster believes the truest way to look at a novel is by examining the author's what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

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?

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