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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 was the name of the Nigerian novelist who published his first novel, "Things Fall Apart," in 1958, and was criticized by an early reviewer for affecting identity with African villagers?
(a) William Faulkner.
(b) Chinua Achebe.
(c) Kurt Vonnegut.
(d) J.R.R. Tolkien.

2. The chapter "New Historicism and Cultural Materialism" explains that the practice of giving ________ to literary and non-literary material is the first and major difference between the "new" and the "old" historicism.
(a) Equal weighting.
(b) Deep structure.
(c) Emotive language.
(d) Catharsis.

3. Peter Barry affirms that Friedrich Engels was a German ________.
(a) Philosopher.
(b) Radiologist.
(c) Criminologist.
(d) Sociologist.

4. According to the narrator, what is another term for ecocriticism?
(a) Green studies.
(b) Water studies.
(c) Earth studies.
(d) Wind studies.

5. The chapter "Stylistics" states that the stop-start quality can be removed and cohesion achieved by what linguists call "pronominalization," using ________.
(a) Adjectives.
(b) Verbs.
(c) Nouns.
(d) Pronouns.

Short Answer Questions

1. The British critic ________ described cultural materialism as "a politicized form of historiography."

2. ________ focalization is classic narrative called omniscient narration, according to the narrator in the chapter titled "Narratology."

3. In the chapter titled "Lesbian / Gay Criticism," it states that lesbian and gay literary theory emerged prominently as a distinct field only in the ________.

4. In the chapter titled "Stylistics," whom does Peter Barry credit with inventing the term "under-lexicalization"?

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

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

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

4. What do ecocritics do according to Peter Barry?

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

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

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

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

9. Who was Karl Marx?

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

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