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. In comparing music and literature, Forster says a novelist must try to achieve what?

2. What is the name of the last ship in Moby Dick that Forster thinks is aptly named?

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

4. Who does Forster say is a character type that is seen in many Henry James novels?

5. What is the setting of Ulysses?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What does Forster think about the motto "History develops, Art stands still"? How does he come back to that in the conclusion of his lecture series?

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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