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Peter Barry
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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 "New Historicism and Cultural Materialism," the notion of the state as all-powerful and all-seeing stems from the post-structuralist cultural historian ________.
(a) Sigmund Freud.
(b) Michel Foucault.
(c) Anthony Burgess.
(d) Edwin A. Abbott.

2. What was the name of Martin Taylor's poems that Mark Lilly used in his straight-forward essay that surveyed the range of First World War poetry?
(a) The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
(b) Of Human Bondage.
(c) The Doll's House.
(d) Lads: Love Poetry of the Trenches.

3. 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?
(a) ASU.
(b) FSU.
(c) LSU.
(d) TSU.

4. Who does the narrator describe as a prominent contributor to "Inside/Outside," who pointed out that "identity categories," like "gay" and "straight," "tend to be instruments of regulatory regimes"?
(a) Eve Sedgwick.
(b) Judith Butler.
(c) Rock Meyer.
(d) Diana Fuss.

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.
(a) Classless.
(b) Homeless.
(c) Thoughtless.
(d) Lawless.

Short Answer Questions

1. Peter Barry affirms that Friedrich Engels was a German ________.

2. ________ studies the relationship between literature and physical environment.

3. Who argued in 1905 that literature must become an instrument of the party and that "literature must become Party literature"?

4. According to Marxist literary criticism, what term is best defined as an outlook, values, tacit assumptions, half-realized allegiances, etc. and having a major bearing on what is written by a member of a social class?

5. Who does Peter Barry credit with partially defusing the conflict between heterosexual feminists and lesbians in an important essay which introduced the notion of the "lesbian continuum"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly discuss the ancestry of post-colonial criticism.

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

3. What is discourse as it relates to new historicism?

4. What is narratology?

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

6. What was the "Vulgar Marxism"?

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

8. Who are Cheryll Glotfelty and Harold Fromm? Explain the ecocriticism movement.

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

10. Briefly explain what lesbian/gay critics do.

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