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

2. ________ read major works from an ecocritic point of view and extend the application of concepts to areas other than the natural world.
(a) Ecocritics.
(b) Ecofeminists.
(c) Ecocentrists.
(d) Ecologists.

3. Who wrote the 1986 book "Linguistic Criticism," which characterized linguistic criticism as "objective description of texts"?
(a) Madison.
(b) Clinton.
(c) Fowler.
(d) Eliot.

4. The narrator believes that after the moment of theory there comes, inevitably, the ________ of theory, when it ceases to be the exclusive concern of a dedicated minority and enters the intellectual bloodstream.
(a) Month.
(b) Week.
(c) Year.
(d) Hour.

5. Which of the following essays is an example of new historicism in practice written by Louis Montrose?
(a) Heart of Darkness.
(b) Lord of the Flies.
(c) The Sun Also Rises.
(d) A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the narrator, what is another term for ecocriticism?

2. The institutional acceptance of the term "queer" dates to a 1990 conference on "queer theory" at what major university?

3. 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."

4. In the chapter titled "Narratology", ________ means slow telling where an author stages a tale for readers whereas ________ means relating where the narrator summarizes events without trying to create an illusion.

5. Which of the following terms is defined as the view that, in spite of the connections between culture and economics, art has a degree of independence from economic forces?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is lesbian feminism?

3. How does stylistics differ from standard close reading?

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

5. How does Barry use the term "discourse" in relation to narratology? Who else used such term according to Barry?

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

7. Who was Karl Marx?

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

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

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

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