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 it is wrong to see the __________ in Moby Dick as a symbol.

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

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

4. Forster says he will borrow from what in describing pattern?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Forster define plot?

2. What does Forster say that the fantasy aspect of a novel requires from the reader?

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

4. Why does Forster disagree with Aristotle about the purpose of characters?

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

6. How does Forster define prophecy in terms of fiction?

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

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

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

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

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

How is Forster's exploration of the aspects of fantasy and prophecy at the core of his overall philosophy on the novel? What is the fine line between these two aspects?

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