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

2. Who is the author of Les Faux Monnayeurs?

3. Which George Eliot novel does Forster refer to in his discussion of prophecy?

4. Forster wonders how ____ will combine with the "furniture of common sense" when it comes to prophecy.

5. Forster contends that Henry James has two kinds of main characters, the observer and the ________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Forster mean when he says that the plot in the novel is its most logical intellectual aspect?

3. How does Forster define plot?

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

5. What role does the setting play in novels by Henry James?

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

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

8. How does Forster distinguish between fantasy and prophecy as aspects of the novel?

9. How does a Marcel Proust novel demonstrate the aspect of rhythm?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Using references from literature, describe how all seven aspects present in a novel can lead to a transcendent experience for the reader. Which aspect offers the best vehicle to transcendence? Do you agree with Forster that transcendence is the mark of a truly exceptional 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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