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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Lewis Carroll.
(b) Edward Freeman.
(c) Elie Wiesel.
(d) Oscar Wilde.

2. The chapter titled Theory Before Theory--Liberal Humanism states that the conventional reading of the origins of the subject of English is that this kind of thinking begins with who?
(a) Edwin Abbott.
(b) John Webster.
(c) Matthew Arnold.
(d) Thomas Malory.

3. According to the chapter titled Post-Structuralism and Deconstruction, structuralism derives ultimately from ________.
(a) Formalism.
(b) Linguistics.
(c) Mimesis.
(d) Hermeneutics.

4. 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) Essays Ancient and Modern.
(b) Prufrock and Other Observations.
(c) The Waste Land.
(d) The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism.

5. The notion of the ________, posited by Levi-Strauss, denoting the minimal units of narrative "sense," is formed on the analogy of the morpheme, which, in linguistics, is the ________ unit of grammatical sense.
(a) Bliss / largest.
(b) mytheme / smallest.
(c) Semantics / largest.
(d) Rhetoric / moderate.

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

7. Who wrote the following statement on the mythologized misrepresentation of the United States and Disneyland: "All its [the USA's] values are exalted here, in miniature and comic-strip form. Embalmed and pacified"?
(a) Burke.
(b) Browning.
(c) Brooker.
(d) Butler.

8. Peter Barry explains that ________'s most significant thinking was contained in the essays "The Function of Criticism at the Present Time" and "The Study of Poetry."
(a) William Shakespeare.
(b) Voltaire.
(c) Mark Twain.
(d) Matthew Arnold.

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

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

11. Who was the first critic to develop a "reader-centered" approach to literature?
(a) Aristotle.
(b) Sigmund Freud.
(c) Plato.
(d) Sophocles.

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) Hamlet complex.
(b) Othello complex.
(c) Aphrodite complex.
(d) Oedipus complex.

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

14. What term is used in the Introduction means not politically radical, and hence generally evasive and non-committal on political issues?
(a) Liberal.
(b) Conservative.
(c) Socialists.
(d) Communists.

15. Author Peter Barry informs the reader that the feminist literary criticism of today was the direct product of the "women's movement" of the ________.
(a) 1930s.
(b) 1960s.
(c) 1910s.
(d) 1980s.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to the narrator in the Introduction, the ________ probably saw the high-water mark of literary theory.

3. According to Plato, "a state of language anterior to the Word" is called ________.

4. Who does the narrator say was the founder of a method of studying English which is still the norm today?

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

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