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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. According to the narrator in the chapter "Psychoanalytic Criticism," who did Sigmund Freud link the situation of Hamlet in the play to?
(a) God.
(b) Zeus.
(c) Shakespeare.
(d) Oedipus.

2. In what decade did "postmodernism" become current according to the author?
(a) 1950s.
(b) 1980s.
(c) 1990s.
(d) 1910s.

3. Sigmund Freud believed that a ________ was an escape-hatch or safety-valve through which repressed desires, fears, or memories seek an outlet into the conscious mind.
(a) Dream.
(b) Memoir.
(c) Fetish.
(d) Poem.

4. Whom does author Peter Barry say was a French psychoanalyst whose work had an extraordinary influence upon many aspects of recent literary theory and who began his career by taking a medical degree and then training in psychiatry in the 1920s?
(a) Euripides.
(b) John Maynard Keynes.
(c) Marcus Tullius Cicero.
(d) Jacques Lacan.

5. Jean Baudrillard was associated with what is usually known as ________ according to the narrator.
(a) The loss of the real.
(b) The gain of the real.
(c) The forfeit of the real.
(d) The knowledge of the real.

Short Answer Questions

1. Author Peter Barry explains that all of the following are part of the three stages of the deconstructive process except for which one?

2. The Introduction states that ________, like novelists, are dauntingly plentiful.

3. What is the name given to the movement that dominates the arts and culture of the first half of the twentieth century?

4. According to the chapter titled Structuralism, what is another term for "alba," the poetic form dating from the twelfth century in which lovers lament the approach of daybreak?

5. Barry states in the chapter titled "Feminist Criticism" that the British "socialist feminist" tradition produced its key works in the ________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the formula SQ3R mean? Explain.

3. Explain the Oedipus complex of Sigmund Freud.

4. Explain how literary theory, after Sir Phillip Sydney, was significantly advanced in the eighteenth century.

5. Briefly summarize author Peter Barry's own introduction to literary theory as seen in "My own stock-taking" found within the "Introduction."

6. According to the "Introduction," what does the saying that "after the moment of theory comes the 'hour' of theory" mean?

7. Explain what author Peter Barry means when he says the frame of mind he would recommend his readers is threefold.

8. Discuss what higher education was like in England until the first quarter of the nineteenth century, according to the chapter titled "Theory Before Theory--Liberal Humanism."

9. Briefly explain what post-structuralist critics do.

10. Why was the representation of women in literature felt to be one of the most important forms of socialization?

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