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

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

3. Plot represents the _______ in literary work.

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

5. Who is the author of Boon?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Forster define plot?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Perhaps the most elusive of Forster's aspects is rhythm. How does Forster define this aspect? Is there a better way to explain it? If it is so hard to attain, why does Forster include it as one of the seven aspects? Does a good novel need to uphold all seven aspects?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss whether or not Forster showed significant difference between the story and the plot as aspects of the novel. Use examples both from Forster and modern novels.

Essay Topic 3

Does being a novelist himself make Forster more qualified to present this lecture series or cloud his objectivity? What are specific examples of both?

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