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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. The British critic ________ described cultural materialism as "a politicized form of historiography."
(a) Graham Holderness.
(b) W. Somerset Maugham.
(c) Charles de Lint.
(d) Robertson Davies.

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

3. The term "reification" was used in Karl Marx's major work ________, and it concerned the way, when capitalist goals and questions of profit and loss are paramount, workers are bereft of their full humanity and are though of as "hands" or "the labor force."
(a) The Poverty of Philosophy.
(b) The German Ideology.
(c) The Communist Manifesto.
(d) Das Kapital.

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

5. Lesbian theory that broke away from feminism and made new allegiances, in particular, with gay men rather than with other women is called "queer theory" or ________.
(a) Heterosexual examinations.
(b) Queer studies.
(c) Homosexual education.
(d) Homosexual concepts.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Peter Barry, the aim of Marxism was to bring about a ________ society, based on the common ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange.

2. Author Peter Barry uses an excerpt from which author to illustrate the analysis of narratologists?

3. Which of the following term is about "lexical items" (words) which cross the boundaries between sentences, binding them into a single continuous utterance, even though they are grammatically separate sentences?

4. According to Peter Barry, what is the subject of narratology common to all story-telling?

5. Who is credited with saying that the textuality of history is "an intensified willingness to read all of the textual traces of the past with the attention traditionally conferred only on literary texts"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What was the "Vulgar Marxism"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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