Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory Test | Final Test - Medium

Peter Barry
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the narrator, all of the following authors were major proponents of ecocriticism except for whom?
(a) Geoffrey Chaucer.
(b) Henry David Thoreau.
(c) Margaret Fuller.
(d) Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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

3. According to Peter Barry, the aim of Marxism was to bring about a ________ society, based on the common ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange.
(a) Lawless.
(b) Homeless.
(c) Classless.
(d) Thoughtless.

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

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

Short Answer 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?

2. Who is credited with saying that the textuality of history is "an intensified willingness to read all of the textual traces of the past with the attention traditionally conferred only on literary texts"?

3. Which of the following authors wrote the essay "What Has Never Been: An Overview of Lesbian Feminist Criticism" and attacked "essentialism," pointing out the way "the perceptual screen of hetero-sexism" prevented any consideration of lesbian issues in pioneering feminist writing?

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

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