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

2. Peter Barry explains that post-colonial criticism emerges as a distinct category only in the ________.
(a) 2000s.
(b) 1990s.
(c) 1950s.
(d) 1970s.

3. The chapter "Narratology" explains that Aristotle offered types of psychic narrative with ________'s plot specifics and ________'s tools to tell the story.
(a) Propp / Genette.
(b) T.S. Eliot / Proust
(c) Galileo Galilei / Kepler
(d) Plato / Aristophenes

4. According to Marxist literary criticism, what term is best defined as an outlook, values, tacit assumptions, half-realized allegiances, etc. and having a major bearing on what is written by a member of a social class?
(a) Expressionism.
(b) Hermeneutics.
(c) Ideology.
(d) Diachrony.

5. Who argued the fluidity of identity, including sexual identity in their highly influential "Epistemology of the Closet"?
(a) Judith Butler.
(b) Rock Meyer.
(c) Diana Fuss.
(d) Eve Sedgwick.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the chapter titled "Marxist Criticism," what was the name of the group that had flourished in the 1920s until disbanded by the Party, even though their work was not strictly Marxist in spirit?

2. According to the narrator, post-colonial critics would discuss the representation of what country in Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"?

3. What was the name of the Nigerian novelist who published his first novel, "Things Fall Apart," in 1958, and was criticized by an early reviewer for affecting identity with African villagers?

4. 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 ________.

5. Which of the following terms is defined as the view that, in spite of the connections between culture and economics, art has a degree of independence from economic forces?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the advantages of new historicism?

2. According to the narrator, what is one significant effect of post-colonial criticism?

3. What do ecocritics do according to Peter Barry?

4. Briefly discuss the ancestry of post-colonial criticism.

5. How does stylistics differ from standard close reading?

6. What does ecocriticism study? What is another term for ecocriticism?

7. Briefly explain what lesbian/gay critics do.

8. Who are Cheryll Glotfelty and Harold Fromm? Explain the ecocriticism movement.

9. What is the aim of Marxism, according to the narrator?

10. What is discourse as it relates to new historicism?

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