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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. Barry structures the work of Genette on a range of ________ questions to detail the process of telling.
(a) Four.
(b) Nine.
(c) Two.
(d) Six.

2. A book in which author Peter Barry claimed to properly inaugurate post-colonial criticism was Edward Said's ________, which was a specific expose of the Eurocentric universalism which took for granted both the superiority of that which was European or Western.
(a) Pre-Raphaelitism.
(b) Phallocentrism.
(c) Orientalism.
(d) Existentialism.

3. According to the narrator, all of the following authors were major proponents of ecocriticism except for whom?
(a) Margaret Fuller.
(b) Geoffrey Chaucer.
(c) Ralph Waldo Emerson.
(d) Henry David Thoreau.

4. The panopticon was a design for a circular prison conceived by the eighteenth-century utilitarian ________.
(a) Ray Bradbury.
(b) Anthony Burgess.
(c) Sigmund Freud.
(d) Jeremy Bentham.

5. The narrator explains that conventional ________ is often seen by the stylistician as impressionistic, intuitive, and randomized.
(a) Surface structure.
(b) Constative language.
(c) Close reading.
(d) Emotive language.

Short Answer Questions

1. The narrator details that ________ believed that some speech was reported while other speech was mimetic, transposed, or narratized.

2. Who wrote the following statement, which is found in the chapter "Postcolonial Criticism": "We cannot easily say that since Mansfield Park is a novel, its affiliations with a particularly sordid history are irrelevant or transcended, not only because it is irresponsible to say that, but because we know too much to say so with bad faith"?

3. In the following statement found in the chapter "New Historicism and Cultural Materialism," what does the word "panoptic" mean: "Michel Foucault's pervasive image of the state is that of 'panoptic'"?

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?

5. ________ studies the relationship between literature and physical environment.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Briefly explain what lesbian/gay critics do.

3. What is narratology?

4. What are the ambitions of stylistics as defined by Peter Barry?

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

6. What is lesbian feminism?

7. Is stylistics confined to just the analysis of literature? Explain.

8. What is the purpose of lesbian/gay criticism according to the "Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader"?

9. How does Barry use the term "discourse" in relation to narratology? Who else used such term according to Barry?

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

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