Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory Quiz | One Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Postcolonial criticism.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Julia Kristeva's essay "The System and the Speaking Subject," the ________ aspect is associated with authority, order, fathers, repression, and control.
(a) Symbolic.
(b) Natural.
(c) Imaginary.
(d) Semiotic.

2. According to Peter Barry, the ________ aspect of discourse is characterized not by logic and order, but by "displacement, slippage, condensation."
(a) Semiotic.
(b) Imaginary.
(c) Natural.
(d) Symbolic.

3. Author Peter Barry explains that post-colonial critics reject the claims to universalism made on behalf of canonical _________ literature and seek to show its limitations of outlook.
(a) Eastern.
(b) Western.
(c) Northern.
(d) Southern.

4. Author Peter Barry explains that all of the following are part of the three stages of the deconstructive process except for which one?
(a) Verbal.
(b) Visual.
(c) Textual.
(d) Linguistic.

5. ________ is defined as a discipline which has always tended to emphasize the difficulty of achieving secure knowledge about things.
(a) Criminology.
(b) Philosophy.
(c) Sociology.
(d) Psychology.

Short Answer Questions

1. The chapter "Feminist Criticism" informs the reader that "for her notion of the basic opposition between semiotic and the symbolic Kristeva was indebted to Jacques Lacan and his distinction between two realms, the ________ and the ________.

2. According to the chapter titled Post-Structuralism and Deconstruction, structuralism derives ultimately from ________.

3. According to Peter Barry in the chapter titled "Postcolonial Criticism," Frantz Fanon was a ________ from Martinique.

4. The chapter "Feminist Criticism" suggests that feminist criticism became much more ________, meaning that it began to draw upon the findings and approaches of other kinds of criticism.

5. According to Peter Barry, where does post-structuralism ultimately derive from?

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