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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through New historicism and cultural materialism.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who was the first critic to develop a "reader-centered" approach to literature?
(a) Aristotle.
(b) Sophocles.
(c) Sigmund Freud.
(d) Plato.

2. Which of the following authors wrote the essay "What Has Never Been: An Overview of Lesbian Feminist Criticism" and attacked "essentialism," pointing out the way "the perceptual screen of hetero-sexism" prevented any consideration of lesbian issues in pioneering feminist writing?
(a) Adrienne Rich.
(b) Bonnie Zimmerman.
(c) Muriel Spark.
(d) Anne Koedt.

3. The chapter "Feminist Criticism" suggests that feminist criticism became much more ________, meaning that it began to draw upon the findings and approaches of other kinds of criticism.
(a) Perlocutionary.
(b) Eclectic.
(c) Rhetoric.
(d) Trope.

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

5. ________ is defined as a discipline which has always tended to emphasize the difficulty of achieving secure knowledge about things.
(a) Psychology.
(b) Criminology.
(c) Sociology.
(d) Philosophy.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the narrator in the chapter "Psychoanalytic Criticism," who did Sigmund Freud link the situation of Hamlet in the play to?

2. Who said the following quote found in the chapter titled Theory Before Theory--Liberal Humanism: "We are told that the study of literature 'cultivates the taste, educates the sympathies and enlarges the mind'"?

3. In the phrase "the archival continuum," an important difference between old and new historicisms is encapsulated in the word ________, for that word indicates that new historicism is indeed a historicist rather than a historical movement.

4. Who was credited as being a key figure in the development of modern approaches to language study in the chapter titled Structuralism?

5. What does the narrator say the reader will have the most difficulty as the result of what?

(see the answer key)

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