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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. ________ studies the relationship between literature and physical environment.
(a) Phonocentrism.
(b) Pre-Raphaelitism.
(c) Ecocriticism.
(d) New criticism.

2. Peter Barry explains that post-colonial criticism emerges as a distinct category only in the ________.
(a) 2000s.
(b) 1990s.
(c) 1970s.
(d) 1950s.

3. According to the narrator, Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar's "The Madwoman in the Attic" contained ________ passing reference to lesbianism.
(a) 9.
(b) 20.
(c) 1.
(d) 3.

4. 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.

5. During the 1980s, linguists consulted and incorporated non-linguistic material in which came to be called the ________, which had a limited degree of eclecticism and was less likely to claim that it alone studied literature in an objective way.
(a) Rhetoric.
(b) New stylistics.
(c) Neoplatonism.
(d) Phenomenology.

Short Answer Questions

1. The chapter "Stylistics" states that the stop-start quality can be removed and cohesion achieved by what linguists call "pronominalization," using ________.

2. Throughout the nineteenth century, linguistics was usually known as ________, and was almost entirely historical in emphasis.

3. ________ is a co-founder of ecocriticism with Harold Fromm that developed in the early-1990s in the USA.

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. 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?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is lesbian feminism?

4. What does ecocriticism study? What is another term for ecocriticism?

5. Is stylistics confined to just the analysis of literature? Explain.

6. Briefly explain what lesbian/gay critics do.

7. What is the aim of Marxism, according to the narrator?

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

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

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

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