Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Peter Barry
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The narrator reveals that the modern period began with the ________.

2. The Introduction states that another name for traditional literary criticism is ________.

3. Which of F.R. Leavis's teachings was essentially a syllabus, manageable within a year-long undergraduate course?

4. ________ was founded on the notion of close reading, according to the narrator.

5. What example did Saussure use to explain what he meant by saying that there are no intrinsic, fixed meanings in language?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the first half of the twentieth century, who, according to Barry, were the critical names in British literary theory? Who were at Cambridge University in the 1920s and 1930s?

2. What are the three stages of the deconstructive process? Explain.

3. Explain F.D. Maurice's opinions of literature as detailed in the chapter "Theory Before Theory--Liberal Humanism."

4. Explain what Peter Barry means when he informs the reader "that it is much better to read intensely in theory than to read widely".

5. What does the formula SQ3R mean? Explain.

6. Do liberal humanists use the term "human nature"? Explain.

7. What is a theoretical difference between structuralist and post-structuralist?

8. Explain how literary theory, after Sir Phillip Sydney, was significantly advanced in the eighteenth century.

9. Briefly explain what post-structuralist critics do.

10. Discuss how J.A. Cuddon describes postmodernism in his "Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss what it means to read literature with the perspective of "Orientalism" in mind.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and describe Jacques Lacan's impact and purpose in psychoanalytic criticism.

Essay Topic 3

Identify, analyze, and discuss the significance of the ten principles of liberal humanism that Peter Barry summarizes within the book "Beginning Theory."

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