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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 and Friedrich Engels were the join founders of the school of________ according to the Chapter titled "Marxist Criticism."
(a) Thought.
(b) Reason.
(c) Englightenment.
(d) Expectations.

2. Who argued the fluidity of identity, including sexual identity in their highly influential "Epistemology of the Closet"?
(a) Judith Butler.
(b) Rock Meyer.
(c) Eve Sedgwick.
(d) Diana Fuss.

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

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

5. In the phrase "the archival continuum," an important difference between old and new historicisms is encapsulated in the word ________, for that word indicates that new historicism is indeed a historicist rather than a historical movement.
(a) Continuum.
(b) Archival.
(c) New.
(d) Historic.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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.

2. ________ read major works from an ecocritic point of view and extend the application of concepts to areas other than the natural world.

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

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

5. 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.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do ecocritics do according to Peter Barry?

4. Who was Karl Marx?

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

6. What is lesbian feminism?

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

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

9. Is stylistics confined to just the analysis of literature? Explain.

10. What was the "Vulgar Marxism"?

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