Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. The chapter titled "Psychoanalytic Criticism" discusses the use by the unconscious of these linguistic means of self-expression is part of ________'s evidence for the claim that the unconscious is structured like a language.
(a) Washington.
(b) Murray.
(c) Barry.
(d) Lacan.

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

3. Which of F.R. Leavis's teachings was essentially a syllabus, manageable within a year-long undergraduate course?
(a) Great Tradition.
(b) Great American Literature.
(c) Great Expectations.
(d) Great Explorations.

4. 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) The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis.
(b) The Signification of the Phallus.
(c) Fetishism: the Symbolic, the Imaginary and the Real.
(d) The Insistence of the Letter.

5. Lacan argues that the two "dream work" mechanisms identified by Freud correspond to the basic poles of language, identified by the linguist Roman Jakobson, to ________ and ________.
(a) Intention / intentionality.
(b) Metaphor / metonymy.
(c) Langue/parole.
(d) Paradigm / paradigmatic.

6. Which of the following term best can be defined as one in which we cannot know where we are, since all the concepts which previously defined the center, and hence also the margins, have been "deconstructed," or undermined?
(a) Allegorical Interpretation.
(b) Absurdism.
(c) Decentered universe.
(d) Binary oppositions.

7. 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) Polish / Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
(b) German / Jurgen Habermas.
(c) English / Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.
(d) French / Guy de Maupassant.

8. In the chapter titled Structuralism, the narrator explains that ________ applied the structuralism method to the general field of modern culture.
(a) Edgar Allan Poe.
(b) Roland Barthes.
(c) Isaac Newton.
(d) Friedrich Nietzsche.

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

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

11. Who was appointed Professor at King's College, London in 1840?
(a) J.R.R. Tolkien.
(b) Nick Hornby.
(c) F.D. Maurice.
(d) Frank McCourt.

12. The Introduction states that ________, like novelists, are dauntingly plentiful.
(a) Journalists.
(b) Theorists.
(c) Romanticists.
(d) Poets.

13. Peter Barry examines Sigmund Freud's book ________, which in the chapter "Psychoanalytic Criticism" Barry claims is one of Freud's most enjoyable and accessible publications.
(a) The Psychopathology of Everyday Life.
(b) Character and Culture.
(c) General Psychological Theory.
(d) Essentials of Psycho-Analysis The Definitive Collection of Sigmund Freud's Writing.

14. According to Peter Barry, the ________ aspect of discourse is characterized not by logic and order, but by "displacement, slippage, condensation."
(a) Natural.
(b) Semiotic.
(c) Symbolic.
(d) Imaginary.

15. According to Plato, "a state of language anterior to the Word" is called ________.
(a) Organic form.
(b) Semiotic.
(c) Surrealism.
(d) Chora.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. In Julia Kristeva's essay "The System and the Speaking Subject," the ________ aspect is associated with authority, order, fathers, repression, and control.

3. The chapter "Psychoanalytic Criticism" states that ________ is the notion that sexuality begins not at puberty, with physical maturing, but in infancy, especially through the infant's relationship with the mother.

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. The narrator explains in the Introduction that the emphasis on practice means that this is what form of book?

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