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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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) Americans.
(b) Women.
(c) Men.
(d) Children.

3. In Julia Kristeva's essay "The System and the Speaking Subject," the ________ aspect is associated with authority, order, fathers, repression, and control.
(a) Imaginary.
(b) Semiotic.
(c) Natural.
(d) Symbolic.

4. Whom does Peter Barry credit for being the first person and anthropologist to use structuralism in their work?
(a) W.B. Yeats.
(b) Claude Levi-Strauss.
(c) Alfred Tennyson.
(d) F. Scott Fitzgerald.

5. 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) Rhetoric.
(c) Eclectic.
(d) Trope.

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

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

8. What term does the narrator explain was a popular term in deconstructive criticism and literally means an impasse?
(a) Parole.
(b) Aporia.
(c) Langue.
(d) Imagism.

9. What example did Saussure use to explain what he meant by saying that there are no intrinsic, fixed meanings in language?
(a) Ulysses.
(b) 1984.
(c) 8.25 Geneva to Paris.
(d) Animal Farm.

10. 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) Langue/parole.
(c) Paradigm / paradigmatic.
(d) Metaphor / metonymy.

11. Author Peter Barry suggests that the reader uses a useful form of intensive reading known as ________.
(a) NACL2.
(b) SQ3R.
(c) NH2P.
(d) H2OO.

12. Sigmund Freud connects infantile sexuality to the ________, in which the male infant conceives the desire to eliminate the father and become the sexual partner of the mother.
(a) Othello complex.
(b) Aphrodite complex.
(c) Oedipus complex.
(d) Hamlet complex.

13. According to Peter Barry, where does post-structuralism ultimately derive from?
(a) Physics.
(b) Philosophy.
(c) Pyschology.
(d) Zoology.

14. 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) The United States / Britain.
(b) France / Germany.
(c) Britain / Russia.
(d) Russia / the United States.

15. Which of the following works of T.S. Eliot was a collage of juxtaposed, incomplete stories, or fragments of stories according to the chapter titled "Postmodernism"?
(a) Prufrock and Other Observations.
(b) The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism.
(c) Essays Ancient and Modern.
(d) The Waste Land.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whom does Peter Barry credit with the suggestion that language used is gendered, so that when a woman turns to novel writing she finds that there is "no common sentence ready for her use"?

2. Who does Peter Barry claim described the feminist change in the late 1970s as a shift of attention from "andro-texts" to "gyno-texts"?

3. Jean Baudrillard was associated with what is usually known as ________ according to the narrator.

4. Who was appointed Professor at King's College, London in 1840?

5. According to the narrator in the Introduction, what two introductions to theory sources deal with the problems of teaching or learning theory?

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