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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 does Forster call characters like Miss Grizzle in The Antiquary?

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

3. Forster says novelists find death to be ____________.

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

5. What is the silliest way Forster believes there is to classify novels?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What commonality does Forster see between the writings of Henry James and Samuel Richardson?

8. How does Forster say that Scheherazade avoids her fate?

9. What two things does Forster say daily life is comprised of?

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

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What does Forster contend is the important difference between real people and people in novels? Why is this an important distinction? Using research on Forster himself, what is the irony of his discussion of the importance of real people keeping their secrets?

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