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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 4, Post-Structuralism.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Eagleton, "the tactic of _________criticism ... is to show how texts come to embarrass their own ruling systems of logic."
(a) Psychoanalytic.
(b) Feminist.
(c) Deconstructive.
(d) Post-structuralist.

2. According to Eagleton, why is E.D. Hirsch able to maintain his view that literary meaning is absolute and resistant to historical change?
(a) Because meaning is viewed as pre-arranged.
(b) Because meaning is viewed as pre-linguistic.
(c) Because meaning is viewed as pre-historic.
(d) Because meaning is viewed as pre-modern.

3. What is the name of the Yale theorist who believed that all language is metaphorical?
(a) Julia Kristeva.
(b) Northrop Frye.
(c) Paul de Man.
(d) Michel Foucault.

4. What example from the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries does Eagleton provide that was not considered purely factual?
(a) Decrees.
(b) News.
(c) Novels.
(d) Sermons.

5. Roland Barthes "double" sign is the "grandchild" of what kind of language of the Formalist and Czech structuralists?
(a) Unconscious.
(b) Temporal.
(c) Religious.
(d) Estranged.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is "imaginative" literature or literature that is not necessarily true?

2. The Russian formalists rejected what kind of doctrines that had influenced literary criticism?

3. In American deconstruction, why does literary criticism become an "ironic, uneasy business"?

4. According to Eagleton, when did the Russian formalists emerge?

5. Eagleton argues that if literature includes much factual writing, it also excludes "quite a lot of" what?

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