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Peter Barry
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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Author Peter Barry explains that post-colonial critics reject the claims to universalism made on behalf of canonical _________ literature and seek to show its limitations of outlook.
(a) Eastern.
(b) Southern.
(c) Northern.
(d) Western.

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

3. 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.

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

5. In the following statement found in the chapter "New Historicism and Cultural Materialism," what does the word "panoptic" mean: "Michel Foucault's pervasive image of the state is that of 'panoptic'"?
(a) All-seeing.
(b) All-mighty.
(c) All-knowing.
(d) All-hearing.

6. 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 ________.
(a) Heterosexual examinations.
(b) Homosexual concepts.
(c) Homosexual education.
(d) Queer studies.

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

8. The narrator explains that those abroad who were sympathetic to the ideas of Communism tried to follow the ________ on matters where an official Party policy existed, hence the international influence of the Leninist views.
(a) Soviet line.
(b) Census line.
(c) Moscow line.
(d) Independent line.

9. Who wrote the following statement, which is found in the chapter "Postcolonial Criticism": "We cannot easily say that since Mansfield Park is a novel, its affiliations with a particularly sordid history are irrelevant or transcended, not only because it is irresponsible to say that, but because we know too much to say so with bad faith"?
(a) Gates.
(b) Freud.
(c) Said.
(d) Marx.

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

11. A poem of which author is provided by Peter Barry as an example of ecocriticism?
(a) Vladimir Nabokov.
(b) Thomas Hardy.
(c) D.H. Lawrence.
(d) Geoffrey Chaucer.

12. According to Peter Barry, what is the subject of narratology common to all story-telling?
(a) Genre and plot.
(b) Imitation and motivation.
(c) Mechanisms and procedures.
(d) Metaphors and synonyms.

13. The narrator details that ________ believed that some speech was reported while other speech was mimetic, transposed, or narratized.
(a) Plato.
(b) Galileo Galilei.
(c) Genette.
(d) Aristotle.

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

15. 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) Library.
(b) School.
(c) Church.
(d) Court.

Short Answer Questions

1. The chapter "Narratology" explains that Aristotle offered types of psychic narrative with ________'s plot specifics and ________'s tools to tell the story.

2. Peter Barry explains that post-colonial criticism emerges as a distinct category only in the ________.

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

4. What was the name of the American journal that was considered the "house magazine" of the new historicism?

5. ________ is a co-founder of ecocriticism with Harold Fromm that developed in the early-1990s in the USA.

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