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. The novel Joseph Andrews is an adaptation of what novel?

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

3. What shape is the pattern of The Ambassadors?

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

5. Which author does Forster refer to when talking about the chaos that prophecy can bring to a novel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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

Forster concludes his lecture series by tentatively speculating on the future of the novel. How has the novel changed since 1927? How are Forster's seven aspects still relevant to modern literature?

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