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

2. Which author does Forster refer to as a preacher, not a prophet?

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

4. Who is the main character in the George Eliot novel that Forster uses to illustrate prophecy?

5. A Meredithian plot resembles a series of what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the relationship between pattern and plot in a novel?

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

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

5. How does Forster define plot?

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is the relationship that Forster paints between prophecy and symbolism? Discuss this in terms of Melville and other novelists.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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