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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. To be a true critic of literature, one must do what?

2. Which author has numerous flat characters who can express themselves in a single sentence?

3. According to Forster, the story is the ___________ of a voice in the novel.

4. In the introductory section, Forster quotes from whom to describe the duties of the critic?

5. What does Forster believe a good novel is "sogged with"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is one of the reasons that love is "unduly prominent" in novels, according to Forster?

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

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

5. What does Forster believe is part of the genius of Dickens' characters?

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

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

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

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 is the difference between an Austen character and a Dickens character?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is Forster reluctant to admit that the primary component of a novel is its story?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the six authors Forster quotes to illustrate the futility of studying works of literature in terms of chronology.

Essay Topic 3

Does being a novelist himself make Forster more qualified to present this lecture series or cloud his objectivity? What are specific examples of both?

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