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

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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. What was another name for the semic code found within the chapter titled Structuralism?
(a) Connotative code.
(b) Tel Quel group.
(c) Universals.
(d) Syntax.

2. 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'"?
(a) Trustee from the Toolroom.
(b) The Critical Difference.
(c) The Age of Innocence.
(d) Of Grammatology.

3. What term does the narrator explain was a popular term in deconstructive criticism and literally means an impasse?
(a) Langue.
(b) Imagism.
(c) Parole.
(d) Aporia.

4. In the chapter titled Structuralism, Saussure used the terms ________ and ________ to signify language as a system or structure on the one hand, and any given utterance in that language on the other.
(a) Paradigm / paradigmatic.
(b) Logocentrism / margin.
(c) Humanism / icon.
(d) Langue / parole.

5. Who was credited as being a key figure in the development of modern approaches to language study in the chapter titled Structuralism?
(a) Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
(b) Ferdinand de Saussure.
(c) Saki.
(d) Thomas de Quincey.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who presented I.A. Richard with the manuscript of the book which was published in 1930 with the title Seven Types of Ambiguity?

2. The crucial essay "The Death of the Author" written in 1968 was the "hinge" around which ________ turned from structuralism to post-structuralism.

3. I.A. Richards pioneered the technique called ________ which was also the title of his book in 1929.

4. According to the chapter titled Structuralism, what is another term for "alba," the poetic form dating from the twelfth century in which lovers lament the approach of daybreak?

5. What example did Saussure use to explain what he meant by saying that there are no intrinsic, fixed meanings in language?

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