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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. Who is the Antiquary in Scott's novel?

2. What is the name of the popular text William George Clark wrote?

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

4. Whose method with character does Forster believe has been misunderstood?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Forster demonstrate with the first sentence of The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the development of the novel represent development in mankind? Do you agree with Forster's contention on this point? Why or why not?

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

Who are the authors that Forster expresses admiration for regarding their attempts at breaking the mold of certain aspects of the novel? Does it matter that he views their attempts as mostly unsuccessful?

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