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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. Karl Marx is described by Peter Barry as being a German ________.
(a) Philosopher.
(b) Criminologist.
(c) Zoologist.
(d) Scientist.

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

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

4. What is the term used to describe the study of narrative structures that combines characteristics and is derived from structuralism and linguistic theory?
(a) Scientology.
(b) Narratology.
(c) Ideology.
(d) Semiology.

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. 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?

3. During the 1980s, linguists consulted and incorporated non-linguistic material in which came to be called the ________, which had a limited degree of eclecticism and was less likely to claim that it alone studied literature in an objective way.

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

5. 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 ________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do ecocritics do according to Peter Barry?

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

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

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

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

8. Briefly explain what lesbian/gay critics do.

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

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

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