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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the narrator say the reader will have the most difficulty as the result of what?
(a) The way theory is taught.
(b) The way theory was created.
(c) The way theory is told.
(d) The way theory is written.

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'"?
(a) Elie Wiesel.
(b) Lewis Carroll.
(c) Oscar Wilde.
(d) Edward Freeman.

3. I.A. Richards pioneered the technique called ________ which was also the title of his book in 1929.
(a) Allegorical Interpretation.
(b) Reception Theory.
(c) Sociological Criticism.
(d) Practical Criticism.

4. Who presented I.A. Richard with the manuscript of the book which was published in 1930 with the title Seven Types of Ambiguity?
(a) William Empson.
(b) George Zebrowski.
(c) Wilfred Owen.
(d) Kurt Vonnegut.

5. In what decade did "postmodernism" become current according to the author?
(a) 1980s.
(b) 1950s.
(c) 1910s.
(d) 1990s.

6. 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?
(a) John Milton.
(b) Virginia Woolf.
(c) T.S. Eliot.
(d) Gertrude Stein.

7. According to the narrator in the Introduction, the term "liberal humanism" became current in what decade?
(a) 1930s.
(b) 1970s.
(c) 1910s.
(d) 1920s.

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

9. The narrator explains that post-structuralism emerged in France in the late ________.
(a) 1960s.
(b) 1990s.
(c) 1970s.
(d) 1930s.

10. In the chapter titled Post-Structuralism and Deconstruction, whose famous remark on philosophy was, "There are no facts, only interpretations"?
(a) Nietzsche.
(b) F. Scott Fitzgerald.
(c) Galileo Galilei.
(d) Ralph Waldo Emerson.

11. The Introduction states that another name for traditional literary criticism is ________.
(a) Liberal humanism.
(b) Modern humanism.
(c) Conservative humanism.
(d) Independant humanism.

12. Sigmund Freud believed that a ________ was an escape-hatch or safety-valve through which repressed desires, fears, or memories seek an outlet into the conscious mind.
(a) Fetish.
(b) Poem.
(c) Memoir.
(d) Dream.

13. 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."
(a) L.S. Lowry.
(b) Mies van der Rohe.
(c) Jean-Francois Lyotard.
(d) Jean Baudrillard.

14. What does Peter Barry say is the topic of the book Beginning Theory?
(a) English studies.
(b) Literary theory.
(c) Historical theory.
(d) Modern theory.

15. 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) Binary oppositions.
(b) Decentered universe.
(c) Allegorical Interpretation.
(d) Absurdism.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which modern architect proclaimed that "decoration is a crime" in the chapter titled "Postmodernism"?

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

3. What does Peter Barry say was the earliest work of theory written by Aristotle?

4. Author Peter Barry explains that all of the following are part of the three stages of the deconstructive process except for which one?

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 ________.

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