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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of the early nineteenth-century American writer who received considerable attention from both structuralists and post-structuralists?
(a) Edgar Allan Poe.
(b) Mark Twain.
(c) Victor Hugo.
(d) Washington Irving.

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) Matthew Arnold.
(c) Thomas Malory.
(d) John Webster.

3. Who was credited as being a key figure in the development of modern approaches to language study in the chapter titled Structuralism?
(a) Ferdinand de Saussure.
(b) Saki.
(c) Thomas de Quincey.
(d) Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

4. Which of the following term best can be defined as one in which we cannot know where we are, since all the concepts which previously defined the center, and hence also the margins, have been "deconstructed," or undermined?
(a) Absurdism.
(b) Decentered universe.
(c) Binary oppositions.
(d) Allegorical Interpretation.

5. The narrator explains in the Introduction that the emphasis on practice means that this is what form of book?
(a) Manuscript.
(b) Missal.
(c) E-book.
(d) Work book.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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."

2. All of the following religious believers were not allowed to attend university in England in the nineteenth century except which one?

3. Author Peter Barry explains that a major "moment" in the history of postmodernism was the influential paper "Modernity-an Incomplete Project" delivered by the contemporary ________ theorist ________.

4. What language does the narrator describe as being a Romance language that takes most of its words directly from Latin, and lacks the reassuring Anglo-Saxon layer of vocabulary?

5. The narrator informs the reader that in the early 1980s, two new forms of political/historical criticism emerged, new historicism from ________ and cultural materialism from ________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Do liberal humanists use the term "human nature"? Explain.

2. What are the three stages of the deconstructive process? Explain.

3. In the first half of the twentieth century, who, according to Barry, were the critical names in British literary theory? Who were at Cambridge University in the 1920s and 1930s?

4. What is "ecriture feminine"?

5. Why was Freudian interpretation interesting to literary critics?

6. How is French feminism different from American feminism?

7. What is a theoretical difference between structuralist and post-structuralist?

8. What did Ferdinand de Saussure say about linguistic structures which the structuralists found so interesting?

9. What are the five (5) codes identified by Barthes in S/Z? Explain.

10. What are some of the important characteristics of the literary modernism practice?

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