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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. 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?
(a) Indeterminacy.
(b) Écriture.
(c) Relative autonomy.
(d) Foregrounding.

2. In the chapter titled "Narratology", ________ means slow telling where an author stages a tale for readers whereas ________ means relating where the narrator summarizes events without trying to create an illusion.
(a) Langue / parole.
(b) Mimesis / diegesis.
(c) Paradigm / paradigmatic.
(d) Metonymy / metaphor .

3. According to the chapter "New Historicism and Cultural Materialism," the notion of the state as all-powerful and all-seeing stems from the post-structuralist cultural historian ________.
(a) Sigmund Freud.
(b) Anthony Burgess.
(c) Michel Foucault.
(d) Edwin A. Abbott.

4. The chapter "New Historicism and Cultural Materialism" explains that the practice of giving ________ to literary and non-literary material is the first and major difference between the "new" and the "old" historicism.
(a) Catharsis.
(b) Emotive language.
(c) Equal weighting.
(d) Deep structure.

5. A poem of which author is provided by Peter Barry as an example of ecocriticism?
(a) Thomas Hardy.
(b) Geoffrey Chaucer.
(c) D.H. Lawrence.
(d) Vladimir Nabokov.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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 ________.

2. In the chapter titled "Lesbian / Gay Criticism," it states that lesbian and gay literary theory emerged prominently as a distinct field only in the ________.

3. What was the name of the American journal that was considered the "house magazine" of the new historicism?

4. The term "reification" was used in Karl Marx's major work ________, and it concerned the way, when capitalist goals and questions of profit and loss are paramount, workers are bereft of their full humanity and are though of as "hands" or "the labor force."

5. Karl Marx is described by Peter Barry as being a German ________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who was Karl Marx?

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

4. Briefly discuss what post-colonial critics do according to the narrator.

5. What is lesbian feminism?

6. Briefly define "mimesis" and "diegesis" as determined by Peter Barry.

7. What were some of the influences on early Marxist thinking?

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

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

10. How does stylistics differ from standard close reading?

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