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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. Ecocritics emphasize writers who highlight ________ as their subject matter.
(a) Animals.
(b) Feminists.
(c) Children.
(d) Nature.

2. Who wrote the 1986 book "Linguistic Criticism," which characterized linguistic criticism as "objective description of texts"?
(a) Fowler.
(b) Madison.
(c) Eliot.
(d) Clinton.

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

4. 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.
(a) Moscow line.
(b) Census line.
(c) Soviet line.
(d) Independent line.

5. 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?
(a) Diachrony.
(b) Ideology.
(c) Hermeneutics.
(d) Expressionism.

Short Answer Questions

1. Author Peter Barry explains that post-colonial critics reject the claims to universalism made on behalf of canonical _________ literature and seek to show its limitations of outlook.

2. The chapter "Postcolonial Criticism" states that post-colonial critics celebrate hybridity and ________, which is the situation whereby individuals and groups belong simultaneously to more than one culture.

3. All of the following are part of the four areas identified as "outdoor environment" in the Chapter "Ecocriticism," except for which one?

4. According to the narrator, all of the following authors were major proponents of ecocriticism except for whom?

5. The narrator explains that narratology studies how narratives, or stories, creates ________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the four characteristics that define the term "Political Shakespeare"?

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

4. According to the narrator, what is one significant effect of post-colonial criticism?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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