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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 believes daily life is made up of time and ___________.

2. Forster discusses the motto "_______ develops, Art stands still" in the introductory section.

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

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

5. What is the name of the young man in the first sentence of The Antiquary?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Forster consider to be the strangest of the five basic elements of life?

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. Why does Forster illustrate through the novel Moll Flanders?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

What is the relationship that Forster paints between prophecy and symbolism? Discuss this in terms of Melville and other novelists.

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