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

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. All of the following are part of the four areas identified as "outdoor environment" in the Chapter "Ecocriticism," except for which one?
(a) Wastelands.
(b) Countryside.
(c) Scenic sublime.
(d) Wilderness.

2. The chapter "Postcolonial Criticism" states that post-colonial critics celebrate hybridity and ________, which is the situation whereby individuals and groups belong simultaneously to more than one culture.
(a) Constative language.
(b) Decorum.
(c) Affective fallacy.
(d) Cultural polyvalency.

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

4. The narrator explains that narratology studies how narratives, or stories, creates ________.
(a) Icons.
(b) Money.
(c) History.
(d) Meaning.

5. Which of the following term is about "lexical items" (words) which cross the boundaries between sentences, binding them into a single continuous utterance, even though they are grammatically separate sentences?
(a) Trace.
(b) Syntax.
(c) Trope.
(d) Cohesion.

6. 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?
(a) The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
(b) The Doll's House.
(c) Of Human Bondage.
(d) Lads: Love Poetry of the Trenches.

7. The British critic ________ described cultural materialism as "a politicized form of historiography."
(a) Charles de Lint.
(b) Graham Holderness.
(c) W. Somerset Maugham.
(d) Robertson Davies.

8. Who is credited with saying that the textuality of history is "an intensified willingness to read all of the textual traces of the past with the attention traditionally conferred only on literary texts"?
(a) Louis.
(b) Montrose.
(c) Dutton.
(d) Greenblatt.

9. 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) Immigration.
(b) State power.
(c) Social class.
(d) Poverty.

10. 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) Continuum.
(d) New.

11. 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.

12. Barry structures the work of Genette on a range of ________ questions to detail the process of telling.
(a) Two.
(b) Six.
(c) Nine.
(d) Four.

13. In the chapter titled "Lesbian / Gay Criticism," it states that lesbian and gay literary theory emerged prominently as a distinct field only in the ________.
(a) 2000s.
(b) 1990s.
(c) 1960s.
(d) 1970s.

14. The panopticon was a design for a circular prison conceived by the eighteenth-century utilitarian ________.
(a) Jeremy Bentham.
(b) Sigmund Freud.
(c) Ray Bradbury.
(d) Anthony Burgess.

15. According to the narrator, post-colonial criticism gained currency through the influence of all the following books except for which one?
(a) The Studs Lonigan Trilogy.
(b) In Other Worlds.
(c) Nation and Narration.
(d) The Empire Writes Back.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following essays is an example of new historicism in practice written by Louis Montrose?

2. According to the chapter titled "Postcolonial Criticism," in its earliest phase, post-colonial criticism took as its main subject matter ________ representations of colonial countries and criticized these for their limitations and their bias.

3. In the chapter titled "Narratology", ________ means slow telling where an author stages a tale for readers whereas ________ means relating where the narrator summarizes events without trying to create an illusion.

4. What is thecritical approach which uses the methods and findings of the science of linguistics in the analysis of literary texts?

5. Dollimore and Sinfield defined the term "Political Shakespeare" as designating a critical method which has ________ characteristics.

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