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

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

3. Who argued in 1905 that literature must become an instrument of the party and that "literature must become Party literature"?
(a) Reis.
(b) Lenin.
(c) Tennyson.
(d) Keats.

4. In the chapter titled "Lesbian / Gay Criticism," it states that lesbian and gay literary theory emerged prominently as a distinct field only in the ________.
(a) 1970s.
(b) 1990s.
(c) 1960s.
(d) 2000s.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. 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.

3. 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"?

4. Which of the following authors wrote the essay "What Has Never Been: An Overview of Lesbian Feminist Criticism" and attacked "essentialism," pointing out the way "the perceptual screen of hetero-sexism" prevented any consideration of lesbian issues in pioneering feminist writing?

5. The chapter "Postcolonial Criticism" states that post-colonial critics celebrate hybridity and ________, which is the situation whereby individuals and groups belong simultaneously to more than one culture.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is lesbian feminism?

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

5. Briefly explain what lesbian/gay critics do.

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

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

8. Who was Karl Marx?

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

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

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