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

Peter Barry
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Post-structuralism and deconstruction.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the narrator in the Introduction, the term "liberal humanism" became current in what decade?
(a) 1970s.
(b) 1910s.
(c) 1930s.
(d) 1920s.

2. What does the narrator say the reader will have the most difficulty as the result of what?
(a) The way theory is written.
(b) The way theory is told.
(c) The way theory is taught.
(d) The way theory was created.

3. The narrator informs the reader that in the early 1980s, two new forms of political/historical criticism emerged, new historicism from ________ and cultural materialism from ________.
(a) Britain / Russia.
(b) The United States / Britain.
(c) France / Germany.
(d) Russia / the United States.

4. Author Peter Barry suggests that the reader uses a useful form of intensive reading known as ________.
(a) SQ3R.
(b) NACL2.
(c) H2OO.
(d) NH2P.

5. The narrator states that the study of English literature was seen as a kind of substitute for ________.
(a) Science.
(b) History.
(c) Social studies.
(d) Religion.

Short Answer Questions

1. The chapter titled Theory Before Theory--Liberal Humanism states that the conventional reading of the origins of the subject of English is that this kind of thinking begins with who?

2. Who was the first critic to develop a "reader-centered" approach to literature?

3. Which of F.R. Leavis's teachings was essentially a syllabus, manageable within a year-long undergraduate course?

4. Which of the following term best can be defined as one in which we cannot know where we are, since all the concepts which previously defined the center, and hence also the margins, have been "deconstructed," or undermined?

5. From which of Babara Johnson's literary pieces can the following definition of deconstructive reading be found according to author Peter Barry: "Deconstruction is not synonymous with 'destruction.' It is in fact much closer to the original meaning of the word 'analysis,' which etymologically means 'to undo'"?

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