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. Which author does Forster refer to when talking about the chaos that prophecy can bring to a novel?

2. Which one of the following is NOT an author that Forster considers to use prophecy well?

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

4. What is the setting of Ulysses?

5. What novel does Forster refer to when discussing the supernatural aspect of fantasy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Forster describe as being a typical character in a Henry James novel?

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

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

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

9. Why does Forster say that novelist Thomas Hardy is essentially a poet?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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