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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. What is the name of the Jane Austen character that Forster uses to illustrate "life like" aspects of characters?

3. What year does Charles Dickens publish Great Expectations?

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

5. All writers, regardless of time period or subject matter, write because of what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is Forster trying to illustrate through the work of Gertrude Stein?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How does Forster's point about how varied points of view reflect life parallel his points about characters made in the first People section?

Essay Topic 3

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

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