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 if rhythm is done badly it hardens into a what?

2. What shape is the pattern of The Ambassadors?

3. Who is the author of Les Faux Monnayeurs?

4. Who does Forster quote at the end of his discussion on prophecy?

5. Forster says that Meredith was the greatest _____ that English fiction ever produced.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Forster define plot?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the difference between flat and round characters, as well as the works of literature Forster used to illustrate his points. In his discussion of these types of characters, does Forster make sweeping generalizations that may not apply to all types of characters?

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