Aspects of the Novel Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. A plot requires a reader's intelligence and __________.

2. Forster says it is wrong to see the __________ in Moby Dick as a symbol.

3. Forster refers to prophecy as being a(n) _______ in the novelist's voice.

4. What is the setting for Flecker's Magic?

5. What is the name of the main character in Ulysses?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the two basic elements that Forster comes back to again and again throughout the lecture series?

2. What does Forster describe as being a typical character in a Henry James novel?

3. Why does Forster say that some authors are suited to writing parody or adaptations?

4. How does Forster define prophecy in terms of fiction?

5. What is the metaphor that Forster uses to describe literary criticism?

6. How does Forster define plot?

7. Why does Forster disagree with Aristotle about the purpose of characters?

8. What does Forster mean when he says that the works of Melville, Dostoevsky, and D.H. Lawrence have an "intermittent realism"?

9. What two qualities does Forster believe the aspect of prophecy demands from a reader?

10. Why does Forster refer to George Elliot as a preacher?

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

What is the distinction Forster makes between prophecy and preaching? Why is this an important distinction to the overall quality of a novel?

Essay Topic 3

How is Forster's exploration of the aspects of fantasy and prophecy at the core of his overall philosophy on the novel? What is the fine line between these two aspects?

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