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

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Marxist literary criticism, what term is best defined as an outlook, values, tacit assumptions, half-realized allegiances, etc. and having a major bearing on what is written by a member of a social class?
(a) Expressionism.
(b) Hermeneutics.
(c) Diachrony.
(d) Ideology.

2. Peter Barry explains that post-colonial criticism emerges as a distinct category only in the ________.
(a) 2000s.
(b) 1970s.
(c) 1990s.
(d) 1950s.

3. What term is used in the Introduction means not politically radical, and hence generally evasive and non-committal on political issues?
(a) Conservative.
(b) Liberal.
(c) Communists.
(d) Socialists.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The narrator explains in the Introduction that the emphasis on practice means that this is what form of book?

3. The chapter "Psychoanalytic Criticism" states that ________ is the notion that sexuality begins not at puberty, with physical maturing, but in infancy, especially through the infant's relationship with the mother.

4. What language does the narrator describe as being a Romance language that takes most of its words directly from Latin, and lacks the reassuring Anglo-Saxon layer of vocabulary?

5. What was the name of the Nigerian novelist who published his first novel, "Things Fall Apart," in 1958, and was criticized by an early reviewer for affecting identity with African villagers?

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