Aspects of the Novel Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Plot represents the _______ in literary work.

2. Aristotle said characters give the reader qualities through _________.

3. A plot requires a reader's intelligence and __________.

4. Forster wonders if there is any rhythm in novels comparable to ____________.

5. What is the one short story that Forster discusses in his lectures?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is Forster reluctant to admit that the primary component of a novel is its story?

Essay Topic 2

As Forster discusses Wuthering Heights, his lecture reaches a higher point of emotion. How does his tone parallel that of the Emily Bronte novel? Does his lecture on prophecy border on obsession?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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