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. What does prophecy require from the reader in addition to a suspension of a sense of humor?

2. What does Forster call the small gods that he says haunt us today?

3. To explore fantasy, who does Forster call upon?

4. What is the name of the last ship in Moby Dick that Forster thinks is aptly named?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Forster say that novelist Thomas Hardy is essentially a poet?

4. What is the difference between an inquisitive novel reader and an intelligent one, according to Forster?

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

6. How does Forster define plot?

7. What does Forster mean when he describes a novel with a grand chain pattern?

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

9. What does Forster mean when he describes the novel Thais as being in the shape of an hourglass?

10. What are the two elements that Forster says are necessary for plot?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Why is Forster reluctant to admit that the primary component of a novel is its story?

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