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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. 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?
(a) Russian Formalists.
(b) Korean Formalists.
(c) Irish Formalists.
(d) German Formalists.

2. 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"?
(a) Judith Butler.
(b) Diana Fuss.
(c) Eve Sedgwick.
(d) Rock Meyer.

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) Edwin A. Abbott.
(b) Michel Foucault.
(c) Anthony Burgess.
(d) Sigmund Freud.

4. Which of the following term is about "lexical items" (words) which cross the boundaries between sentences, binding them into a single continuous utterance, even though they are grammatically separate sentences?
(a) Trace.
(b) Syntax.
(c) Cohesion.
(d) Trope.

5. The chapter "Stylistics" states that the stop-start quality can be removed and cohesion achieved by what linguists call "pronominalization," using ________.
(a) Verbs.
(b) Adjectives.
(c) Pronouns.
(d) Nouns.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is thecritical approach which uses the methods and findings of the science of linguistics in the analysis of literary texts?

3. According to Peter Barry at the beginning of the book "Beginning Theory," many of the chapters in the book were based on material Barry has used in the "Introduction to Literature" courses at what university?

4. According to Peter Barry in the chapter titled "Postcolonial Criticism," Frantz Fanon was a ________ from Martinique.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly explain what lesbian/gay critics do.

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

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

4. What four areas of ecocriticism does Peter Barry identify?

5. What was the "Vulgar Marxism"?

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

7. What is narratology?

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

9. Explain what liberal humanism and stylistics have in common.

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

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