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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. 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'"?
(a) All-knowing.
(b) All-seeing.
(c) All-mighty.
(d) All-hearing.

2. The narrator details that ________ believed that some speech was reported while other speech was mimetic, transposed, or narratized.
(a) Genette.
(b) Galileo Galilei.
(c) Plato.
(d) Aristotle.

3. According to the narrator, post-colonial criticism gained currency through the influence of all the following books except for which one?
(a) The Empire Writes Back.
(b) The Studs Lonigan Trilogy.
(c) In Other Worlds.
(d) Nation and Narration.

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?
(a) Expressionism.
(b) Diachrony.
(c) Hermeneutics.
(d) Ideology.

5. 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) Michel Foucault.
(b) Edwin A. Abbott.
(c) Sigmund Freud.
(d) Anthony Burgess.

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. Peter Barry states that in the 1990s a second, less essentialist, notion of lesbianism emerged, within the sphere of what is now known as ________.

3. W.B. Yeats was a member of the ________ ruling class in ________, according to the narrator in the chapter titled "Postcolonial Criticism."

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."

5. 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.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What were some of the influences on early Marxist thinking?

5. What is narratology?

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

7. Briefly explain what lesbian/gay critics do.

8. What do ecocritics do according to Peter Barry?

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

10. How does stylistics differ from standard close reading?

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