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 says he will borrow from what in describing pattern?

2. Who is the author of Les Faux Monnayeurs?

3. What is the setting of Zuleika Dobson?

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

5. What is the name of the main character in Moby Dick?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Forster define plot?

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

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

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

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

8. Who does Forster classify as the prophet and the non-prophet in literature?

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

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

Who are the authors that Forster expresses admiration for regarding their attempts at breaking the mold of certain aspects of the novel? Does it matter that he views their attempts as mostly unsuccessful?

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 does the development of the novel represent development in mankind? Do you agree with Forster's contention on this point? Why or why not?

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