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

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

3. Peter Barry states that ________ is best understood by seeing it initially in the context of its own origins within feminism in the 1980s.
(a) Beginning feminism.
(b) Lesbian feminism.
(c) Endangered feminism.
(d) Radical feminism.

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

5. Stylistics is the modern version of the ancient discipline known as ________, which taught its students how to structure an argument.
(a) Neoclassicism.
(b) Neoplatonism.
(c) Philology.
(d) Rhetoric.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does the narrator describe as a prominent contributor to "Inside/Outside," who pointed out that "identity categories," like "gay" and "straight," "tend to be instruments of regulatory regimes"?

2. According to Peter Barry, stylistics developed in what century?

3. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were the join founders of the school of________ according to the Chapter titled "Marxist Criticism."

4. In the chapter titled "Stylistics," whom does Peter Barry credit with inventing the term "under-lexicalization"?

5. Dollimore and Sinfield defined the term "Political Shakespeare" as designating a critical method which has ________ characteristics.

Short Essay Questions

1. What do ecocritics do according to Peter Barry?

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

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

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

5. What is narratology?

6. In what way does the narrator say queer theory differs from lesbian feminism?

7. Who was Karl Marx?

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

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

10. What is lesbian feminism?

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