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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. 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"?
(a) Dutton.
(b) Montrose.
(c) Greenblatt.
(d) Louis.

2. Throughout the nineteenth century, linguistics was usually known as ________, and was almost entirely historical in emphasis.
(a) Narratology.
(b) Phenomenology.
(c) Semiology.
(d) Philology.

3. The chapter "Postcolonial Criticism" states that post-colonial critics celebrate hybridity and ________, which is the situation whereby individuals and groups belong simultaneously to more than one culture.
(a) Constative language.
(b) Cultural polyvalency.
(c) Affective fallacy.
(d) Decorum.

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

5. ________ is a co-founder of ecocriticism with Harold Fromm that developed in the early-1990s in the USA.
(a) George Orwell.
(b) Robert Heinlein.
(c) Frank Herbert.
(d) Cheryll Glotfelty.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who argued in 1905 that literature must become an instrument of the party and that "literature must become Party literature"?

2. In the chapter titled "Narratology," Peter Barry uses ________ rather than ________ to incorporate style, pace, and viewpoint, packaged to cause the desired effect.

3. According to Peter Barry at the beginning of the book "Beginning Theory," many of the chapters in the book were based on material Barry has used in the "Introduction to Literature" courses at what university?

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

5. Dollimore and Sinfield defined the term "Political Shakespeare" as designating a critical method which has ________ characteristics.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What are the ambitions of stylistics as defined by Peter Barry?

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

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

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

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

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

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