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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Stylistics is the modern version of the ancient discipline known as ________, which taught its students how to structure an argument.
(a) Rhetoric.
(b) Philology.
(c) Neoplatonism.
(d) Neoclassicism.

2. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were the join founders of the school of________ according to the Chapter titled "Marxist Criticism."
(a) Expectations.
(b) Englightenment.
(c) Thought.
(d) Reason.

3. ________ focalization is classic narrative called omniscient narration, according to the narrator in the chapter titled "Narratology."
(a) Spiritual.
(b) Internal.
(c) External.
(d) Zero.

4. Who wrote the 1986 book "Linguistic Criticism," which characterized linguistic criticism as "objective description of texts"?
(a) Fowler.
(b) Clinton.
(c) Madison.
(d) Eliot.

5. According to the chapter "Narratology," Russian formalist Vladimir Propp identified how many actions in a tale with seven spheres of action to animate?
(a) 13.
(b) 63.
(c) 23.
(d) 31.

6. In the phrase "the archival continuum," an important difference between old and new historicisms is encapsulated in the word ________, for that word indicates that new historicism is indeed a historicist rather than a historical movement.
(a) Historic.
(b) Archival.
(c) New.
(d) Continuum.

7. Dollimore and Sinfield defined the term "Political Shakespeare" as designating a critical method which has ________ characteristics.
(a) Seven.
(b) Two.
(c) Four.
(d) Nine.

8. Which of the following realism terms best illustrates the straight realism which was imposed in the 1930s?
(a) Confederate Realism.
(b) Socialist Realism.
(c) Democratic Realism.
(d) Republican Realism.

9. According to the chapter "New Historicism and Cultural Materialism," the notion of the state as all-powerful and all-seeing stems from the post-structuralist cultural historian ________.
(a) Anthony Burgess.
(b) Edwin A. Abbott.
(c) Sigmund Freud.
(d) Michel Foucault.

10. New historicists focus attention on issues of ________ and how it is maintained, on patriarchal structures and their perpetuation, and on the process of colonization, with its accompanying "mind-set."
(a) Social class.
(b) Poverty.
(c) Immigration.
(d) State power.

11. What was the name of the Nigerian novelist who published his first novel, "Things Fall Apart," in 1958, and was criticized by an early reviewer for affecting identity with African villagers?
(a) J.R.R. Tolkien.
(b) William Faulkner.
(c) Chinua Achebe.
(d) Kurt Vonnegut.

12. According to the chapter "Stylistics," in medieval times rhetoric played an important part in training people for the ________, the legal profession, and political or diplomatic life.
(a) Court.
(b) Church.
(c) School.
(d) Library.

13. According to the chapter titled "Marxist Criticism," what was the name of the group that had flourished in the 1920s until disbanded by the Party, even though their work was not strictly Marxist in spirit?
(a) German Formalists.
(b) Russian Formalists.
(c) Korean Formalists.
(d) Irish Formalists.

14. According to the narrator, all of the following authors were major proponents of ecocriticism except for whom?
(a) Margaret Fuller.
(b) Geoffrey Chaucer.
(c) Henry David Thoreau.
(d) Ralph Waldo Emerson.

15. According to the narrator, post-colonial critics would discuss the representation of what country in Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"?
(a) America.
(b) Ireland.
(c) Africa.
(d) Australia.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following terms is defined as the view that, in spite of the connections between culture and economics, art has a degree of independence from economic forces?

2. Who does Peter Barry credit with partially defusing the conflict between heterosexual feminists and lesbians in an important essay which introduced the notion of the "lesbian continuum"?

3. Lesbian theory that broke away from feminism and made new allegiances, in particular, with gay men rather than with other women is called "queer theory" or ________.

4. What was the name of Martin Taylor's poems that Mark Lilly used in his straight-forward essay that surveyed the range of First World War poetry?

5. Ecocritics emphasize writers who highlight ________ as their subject matter.

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