Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. According to the "Introduction," what does the saying that "after the moment of theory comes the 'hour' of theory" mean?

According to the "Introduction," the saying that "after the moment of theory comes the 'hour' of theory" means when theory ceases to be the sole interest of a dedicated minority, it becomes the intellectual, sophisticated, and rational mainstream as a "taken-for-granted" aspect.

2. Do liberal humanists use the term "human nature"? Explain.

No, liberal humanists do not use the term "human nature" but they do frequently use the term "school of thought" and believe that if one practices literary criticism and doesn't call themselves a Marxist, structuralist, or a stylistician, then they would be considered a liberal humanist.

3. What does the formula SQ3R mean? Explain.

SQ3R is an intensive reading technique. S means survey the whole chapter rapidly, also known as skimming, Q means write down any questions you hope to answer from your reading, R1 means to read the entire work and underline key points, difficulties phrases worth remembering, etc. R2 means to recall what you read and jot down summary points, and R3 means to review what you learned without using the book or your notes.

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