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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following best fits the definition of a discipline which has always been inherently confident about the possibility of establishing objective knowledge?
(a) Formalism.
(b) Mimesis.
(c) Hermeneutics.
(d) Linguistics.

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

3. What does Peter Barry say was the earliest work of theory written by Aristotle?
(a) Politics.
(b) Poetics.
(c) Metaphysics.
(d) Generation of Animals.

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

5. The narrator explains in the chapter "Psychoanalytic Criticism" that distrust of Freud has grown in recent years, partly as a result of his mainly negative views on ________.
(a) Children.
(b) Americans.
(c) Women.
(d) Men.

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

7. The narrator informs the reader that in the early 1980s, two new forms of political/historical criticism emerged, new historicism from ________ and cultural materialism from ________.
(a) Britain / Russia.
(b) Russia / the United States.
(c) France / Germany.
(d) The United States / Britain.

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

9. ________ was founded on the notion of close reading, according to the narrator.
(a) English studies.
(b) Sociology.
(c) Humanities.
(d) Social studies.

10. 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) Spanish.
(b) German.
(c) French.
(d) English.

11. Barry states in the chapter titled "Feminist Criticism" that the British "socialist feminist" tradition produced its key works in the ________.
(a) Late 1990s.
(b) Mid 1980s.
(c) Early 1970s.
(d) Late 1950s.

12. In the Introduction, what university did author Peter Barry say he attended?
(a) Yale University.
(b) Harvard University.
(c) North Carolina State University.
(d) London University.

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

14. Which of the following works did the narrator believe to be the most important Lacanian text for literary students and which was first delivered in 1957 to a "lay" audience of philosophy students?
(a) Fetishism: the Symbolic, the Imaginary and the Real.
(b) The Signification of the Phallus.
(c) The Insistence of the Letter.
(d) The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis.

15. Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, and Shelley are authors of what form of writing, according to the chapter titled Theory Before Theory--Liberal Humanism?
(a) Science-fiction writers.
(b) Mystery fiction writers.
(c) Romantic poets.
(d) Investigative journalists.

Short Answer Questions

1. What example did Saussure use to explain what he meant by saying that there are no intrinsic, fixed meanings in language?

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

3. All of the following authors were considered some of the literary "high priests" of the modernist movement according to the narrator in the chapter titled "Postmodernism," except for which one?

4. Which of the following terms best fit the following definition: "a form of literary criticism which uses some of the techniques of psychoanalysis in the interpretation of literature"?

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

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