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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. Who wrote the following statement, which is found in the chapter "Postcolonial Criticism": "We cannot easily say that since Mansfield Park is a novel, its affiliations with a particularly sordid history are irrelevant or transcended, not only because it is irresponsible to say that, but because we know too much to say so with bad faith"?
(a) Freud.
(b) Said.
(c) Marx.
(d) Gates.

2. What was the name of the American journal that was considered the "house magazine" of the new historicism?
(a) Representations.
(b) Competence.
(c) Dramatic unities.
(d) Diegesis.

3. The chapter "Stylistics" states that the stop-start quality can be removed and cohesion achieved by what linguists call "pronominalization," using ________.
(a) Pronouns.
(b) Nouns.
(c) Verbs.
(d) Adjectives.

4. 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) Immigration.
(b) Social class.
(c) State power.
(d) Poverty.

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 ________.
(a) Queer theory.
(b) Reception theory.
(c) Hybrid theory.
(d) Speech act theory.

Short Answer Questions

1. The term "reification" was used in Karl Marx's major work ________, and it concerned the way, when capitalist goals and questions of profit and loss are paramount, workers are bereft of their full humanity and are though of as "hands" or "the labor force."

2. What is thecritical approach which uses the methods and findings of the science of linguistics in the analysis of literary texts?

3. 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'"?

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

5. 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.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are some of the advantages of new historicism?

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

4. What was the "Vulgar Marxism"?

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

6. What do ecocritics do according to Peter Barry?

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

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

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

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

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