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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) Sigmund Freud.
(b) Jeremy Bentham.
(c) Anthony Burgess.
(d) Ray Bradbury.

2. New historicists focus attention on issues of ________ and how it is maintained, on patriarchal structures and their perpetuation, and on the process of colonization, with its accompanying "mind-set."
(a) Poverty.
(b) Immigration.
(c) Social class.
(d) State power.

3. Peter Barry explains that post-colonial criticism emerges as a distinct category only in the ________.
(a) 1970s.
(b) 2000s.
(c) 1990s.
(d) 1950s.

4. 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'"?
(a) All-seeing.
(b) All-hearing.
(c) All-knowing.
(d) All-mighty.

5. 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.
(a) Affective fallacy.
(b) Cultural polyvalency.
(c) Decorum.
(d) Constative language.

Short Answer Questions

1. A poem of which author is provided by Peter Barry as an example of ecocriticism?

2. Who argued the fluidity of identity, including sexual identity in their highly influential "Epistemology of the Closet"?

3. The institutional acceptance of the term "queer" dates to a 1990 conference on "queer theory" at what major university?

4. 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?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What was the "Vulgar Marxism"?

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

9. What is narratology?

10. How does stylistics differ from standard close reading?

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