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

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Syntax.
(b) Trace.
(c) Cohesion.
(d) Trope.

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.
(a) Red.
(b) Black.
(c) White.
(d) Gray.

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

4. According to the narrator, what is another term for ecocriticism?
(a) Water studies.
(b) Earth studies.
(c) Green studies.
(d) Wind studies.

5. The chapter "New Historicism and Cultural Materialism" explains that the practice of giving ________ to literary and non-literary material is the first and major difference between the "new" and the "old" historicism.
(a) Catharsis.
(b) Emotive language.
(c) Equal weighting.
(d) Deep structure.

6. According to Peter Barry in the chapter titled "Postcolonial Criticism," Frantz Fanon was a ________ from Martinique.
(a) Podiatrist.
(b) Cardiologist.
(c) Psychiatrist.
(d) Paleontologist.

7. According to Peter Barry at the beginning of the book "Beginning Theory," many of the chapters in the book were based on material Barry has used in the "Introduction to Literature" courses at what university?
(a) LSU.
(b) FSU.
(c) ASU.
(d) TSU.

8. ________ studies the relationship between literature and physical environment.
(a) Pre-Raphaelitism.
(b) Phonocentrism.
(c) New criticism.
(d) Ecocriticism.

9. Who argued in 1905 that literature must become an instrument of the party and that "literature must become Party literature"?
(a) Reis.
(b) Lenin.
(c) Keats.
(d) Tennyson.

10. The narrator believes that after the moment of theory there comes, inevitably, the ________ of theory, when it ceases to be the exclusive concern of a dedicated minority and enters the intellectual bloodstream.
(a) Hour.
(b) Week.
(c) Year.
(d) Month.

11. Ecocritics emphasize writers who highlight ________ as their subject matter.
(a) Children.
(b) Feminists.
(c) Nature.
(d) Animals.

12. According to the narrator, Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar's "The Madwoman in the Attic" contained ________ passing reference to lesbianism.
(a) 3.
(b) 20.
(c) 9.
(d) 1.

13. 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.
(a) Langue / parole.
(b) Mimesis / diegesis.
(c) Paradigm / paradigmatic.
(d) Metonymy / metaphor .

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

15. Author Peter Barry uses an excerpt from which author to illustrate the analysis of narratologists?
(a) F. Scott Fitzgerald.
(b) Edgar Allan Poe
(c) James Joyce.
(d) D.H. Lawrence.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following authors wrote the essay "What Has Never Been: An Overview of Lesbian Feminist Criticism" and attacked "essentialism," pointing out the way "the perceptual screen of hetero-sexism" prevented any consideration of lesbian issues in pioneering feminist writing?

2. The institutional acceptance of the term "queer" dates to a 1990 conference on "queer theory" at what major university?

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. Who wrote the 1986 book "Linguistic Criticism," which characterized linguistic criticism as "objective description of texts"?

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

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