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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 Greek philosopher identified three elements in a plot, fault or character-defect, recognition, and reversal, which are all incumbent on the hero or heroine?
(a) Sophocles.
(b) Aristotle.
(c) Plato.
(d) Confucius.

2. According to the chapter titled "Postcolonial Criticism," in its earliest phase, post-colonial criticism took as its main subject matter ________ representations of colonial countries and criticized these for their limitations and their bias.
(a) Red.
(b) White.
(c) Gray.
(d) Black.

3. The British critic ________ described cultural materialism as "a politicized form of historiography."
(a) W. Somerset Maugham.
(b) Charles de Lint.
(c) Graham Holderness.
(d) Robertson Davies.

4. According to the narrator, post-colonial critics would discuss the representation of what country in Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"?
(a) Ireland.
(b) Africa.
(c) America.
(d) Australia.

5. What is thecritical approach which uses the methods and findings of the science of linguistics in the analysis of literary texts?
(a) Stylistics.
(b) Intersubjectivity.
(c) Ambiguity.
(d) Grammatology.

Short Answer 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?

2. Stylistics is the modern version of the ancient discipline known as ________, which taught its students how to structure an argument.

3. Peter Barry states that in the 1990s a second, less essentialist, notion of lesbianism emerged, within the sphere of what is now known as ________.

4. What was the name of Martin Taylor's poems that Mark Lilly used in his straight-forward essay that surveyed the range of First World War poetry?

5. The narrator explains that those abroad who were sympathetic to the ideas of Communism tried to follow the ________ on matters where an official Party policy existed, hence the international influence of the Leninist views.

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the three elements Aristotle identified in a plot. What key point does Barry suggest about timing as it relates to plot?

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

3. What do ecocritics do according to Peter Barry?

4. Briefly explain new historicism as it is described by the author.

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

6. What is lesbian feminism?

7. Explain the meaning of "adopt," "adapt," and "adept" phases as they relate to post-colonial criticism.

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

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

10. How does stylistics differ from standard close reading?

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