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. What is the thing a novelist should never aim for, but fails if this is not achieved?

2. Plot represents the _______ in literary work.

3. Who is the author of Ulysses?

4. Which Meredith novel does Forster use to demonstrate a character with a concealed emotion?

5. The plot of a novel asks what question?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What are the two elements that Forster says are necessary for plot?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the difference between the life in time and the life by value? How does Forster illustrate this point through the work of Sir Walter Scott?

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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