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. 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) The Critical Difference.
(b) Trustee from the Toolroom.
(c) The Age of Innocence.
(d) Of Grammatology.

2. Jean Baudrillard was associated with what is usually known as ________ according to the narrator.
(a) The forfeit of the real.
(b) The knowledge of the real.
(c) The loss of the real.
(d) The gain of the real.

3. All of the following religious believers were not allowed to attend university in England in the nineteenth century except which one?
(a) Atheist.
(b) Jewish.
(c) Catholic.
(d) Anglican.

4. Which modern architect proclaimed that "decoration is a crime" in the chapter titled "Postmodernism"?
(a) Le Corbusier.
(b) Kurt Switters.
(c) Adolf Loos.
(d) Samuel Beckett.

5. ________ was probably the most influential figure in twentieth-century British criticism according to author Peter Barry.
(a) Douglas Adams.
(b) F.R. Leavis.
(c) Patrick Tilley.
(d) Edward Jablonski.

Short Answer Questions

1. The narrator reveals that the modern period began with the ________.

2. 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.

3. What was the name of the American literature lecturer mentioned in the Introduction who died in January of 1995?

4. What term suggests a range of negative attributes, such as "non-Marxist" and "non-feminist," and "non-theoretical"?

5. The chapter titled "Postmodernism" states the term "postmodernism" was used in the 1930s, but its current sense and vogue can be said to have begun with ________'s "The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge."

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