Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory Quiz | Eight Week Quiz C

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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?
(a) French.
(b) Spanish.
(c) German.
(d) English.

2. Who does the narrator say was the founder of a method of studying English which is still the norm today?
(a) I.A. Richards.
(b) Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
(c) T.S. Eliot.
(d) Ralph Waldo Emerson.

3. What where the only two universities in England in the nineteenth century?
(a) Birmingham and Buckingham.
(b) Kingston and Liverpool.
(c) Manchester and Winchester.
(d) Oxford and Cambridge.

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. Author Peter Barry explains that a major "moment" in the history of postmodernism was the influential paper "Modernity-an Incomplete Project" delivered by the contemporary ________ theorist ________.
(a) French / Guy de Maupassant.
(b) English / Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.
(c) German / Jurgen Habermas.
(d) Polish / Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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'"?

2. ________ is defined as a discipline which has always tended to emphasize the difficulty of achieving secure knowledge about things.

3. In the chapter titled Post-Structuralism and Deconstruction, whose famous remark on philosophy was, "There are no facts, only interpretations"?

4. According to the narrator in the Introduction, the term "liberal humanism" became current in what decade?

5. Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, and Shelley are authors of what form of writing, according to the chapter titled Theory Before Theory--Liberal Humanism?

(see the answer key)

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