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. Forster quotes George Meredith as saying we must live by the ___________ or the block.

2. Which one of the following is NOT an author that Forster considers to use prophecy well?

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

4. Who is the one living prophetic novelist that Forster names at the time of his lecture series?

5. Who is the author of Roman Pictures?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Forster's opinion of readers who do not like fantasy?

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

5. How does Forster describe the Dostoevsky character, Dmitri Karamazov?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Forster say that the fantasy aspect of a novel requires from the reader?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does being a novelist himself make Forster more qualified to present this lecture series or cloud his objectivity? What are specific examples of both?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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

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