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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. Who presented I.A. Richard with the manuscript of the book which was published in 1930 with the title Seven Types of Ambiguity?
(a) William Empson.
(b) Wilfred Owen.
(c) George Zebrowski.
(d) Kurt Vonnegut.

2. Whom does Peter Barry credit with the suggestion that language used is gendered, so that when a woman turns to novel writing she finds that there is "no common sentence ready for her use"?
(a) Willa Cather.
(b) Margaret Atwood.
(c) Evelyn Waugh.
(d) Virginia Woolf.

3. Who was the first critic to develop a "reader-centered" approach to literature?
(a) Sophocles.
(b) Sigmund Freud.
(c) Plato.
(d) Aristotle.

4. According to the chapter titled Post-Structuralism and Deconstruction, structuralism derives ultimately from ________.
(a) Formalism.
(b) Mimesis.
(c) Hermeneutics.
(d) Linguistics.

5. 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) Genre.
(c) Discourse.
(d) Indeterminacy.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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"?

2. Who was credited as being a key figure in the development of modern approaches to language study in the chapter titled Structuralism?

3. According to the narrator in the chapter "Psychoanalytic Criticism," who did Sigmund Freud link the situation of Hamlet in the play to?

4. In the chapter titled Post-Structuralism and Deconstruction, whose famous remark on philosophy was, "There are no facts, only interpretations"?

5. According to Peter Barry in the chapter titled Structuralism, the novel "Middlemarch" is an example of a literary ________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who was I.A. Richards?

3. What does the formula SQ3R mean? Explain.

4. What is "ecriture feminine"?

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

6. Explain the Oedipus complex of Sigmund Freud.

7. What is structuralism? Where and when did it begin?

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

9. 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?

10. 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."

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