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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. 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 ________.
(a) The United States / Britain.
(b) Russia / the United States.
(c) Britain / Russia.
(d) France / Germany.

2. What example did Saussure use to explain what he meant by saying that there are no intrinsic, fixed meanings in language?
(a) 8.25 Geneva to Paris.
(b) Animal Farm.
(c) 1984.
(d) Ulysses.

3. Who does the narrator say was the founder of a method of studying English which is still the norm today?
(a) Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
(b) I.A. Richards.
(c) T.S. Eliot.
(d) Ralph Waldo Emerson.

4. According to Peter Barry in the chapter titled "Post-Structuralism and Deconstruction," post-structuralist critics seek to show that the text is characterized by ________ rather than unity.
(a) Disunity.
(b) Indeterminacy.
(c) Genre.
(d) Discourse.

5. Sigmund Freud connects infantile sexuality to the ________, in which the male infant conceives the desire to eliminate the father and become the sexual partner of the mother.
(a) Othello complex.
(b) Oedipus complex.
(c) Hamlet complex.
(d) Aphrodite complex.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the name of the American literature lecturer mentioned in the Introduction who died in January of 1995?

2. In the chapter titled Structuralism, the narrator explains that ________ applied the structuralism method to the general field of modern culture.

3. In Percy Bysshe Shelley's ________(1821) saw poetry as essentially engaged in what a group of twentieth-century Russian critics later called "defamiliarization."

4. David Lodge, Professor of English at Birmingham, combined the ideas of structuralism with more traditional approaches in which one of his books?

5. Which of the following terms best fit the following definition: "a form of literary criticism which uses some of the techniques of psychoanalysis in the interpretation of literature"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is French feminism different from American feminism?

2. What are the three particular areas that are debated and disagreed upon when it comes to feminist criticism?

3. Who was I.A. Richards?

4. Compare post-colonialism to postmodernism as discussed in the chapter "Theory Before Theory--Liberal Humanism."

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

6. What is the most basic difference between liberal humanist and structuralist reading?

7. Briefly explain what post-structuralist critics do.

8. Explain F.D. Maurice's opinions of literature as detailed in the chapter "Theory Before Theory--Liberal Humanism."

9. Discuss Sigmund Freud's concept of "dream work."

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

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