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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. According to the chapter titled "Postcolonial Criticism," in its earliest phase, post-colonial criticism took as its main subject matter ________ representations of colonial countries and criticized these for their limitations and their bias.
(a) White.
(b) Black.
(c) Gray.
(d) Red.

2. Peter Barry affirms that Friedrich Engels was a German ________.
(a) Philosopher.
(b) Sociologist.
(c) Criminologist.
(d) Radiologist.

3. 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) Historic.
(b) Archival.
(c) Continuum.
(d) New.

4. The ancestry of post-colonial criticism can be traced to Frantz Fanon's ________, published in French in 1961, and voicing what might be called "cultural resistance" to France's African empire.
(a) U.S.A. (trilogy).
(b) The Wreched of the Earth.
(c) The Grapes of Wrath.
(d) An American Tragedy.

5. According to Peter Barry, what is the subject of narratology common to all story-telling?
(a) Imitation and motivation.
(b) Metaphors and synonyms.
(c) Genre and plot.
(d) Mechanisms and procedures.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote the 1986 book "Linguistic Criticism," which characterized linguistic criticism as "objective description of texts"?

2. Stylistics is the modern version of the ancient discipline known as ________, which taught its students how to structure an argument.

3. What is the term used to describe the study of narrative structures that combines characteristics and is derived from structuralism and linguistic theory?

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

5. What was the name of the Nigerian novelist who published his first novel, "Things Fall Apart," in 1958, and was criticized by an early reviewer for affecting identity with African villagers?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who was Karl Marx?

4. How does stylistics differ from standard close reading?

5. Discuss the three elements Aristotle identified in a plot. What key point does Barry suggest about timing as it relates to plot?

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

7. What four areas of ecocriticism does Peter Barry identify?

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

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

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

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