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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. What is "imaginative" literature or literature that is not necessarily true?
(a) Fiction.
(b) Biography.
(c) Memoir.
(d) Nonfiction.

2. What kind of analysis is phenomenology, according to Eagleton?
(a) Discursive and non-evaluative.
(b) Critical and discursive.
(c) Uncritical and non-evaluative.
(d) Uncritical and discursive.

3. Who wrote "What is Literature" on literary reception and was published in 1948?
(a) Stanley Fish.
(b) Wolfgang Iser.
(c) Jean Paul Sartre.
(d) Roland Barthes.

4. According to Eagleton, why did intellectuals preoccupy themselves with language in the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries?
(a) Because discourse had become elevated by intellectuals.
(b) Because discourse had become irrelevant in industrial society.
(c) Because discourse had become degraded to an instrument of industrial capitalism.
(d) Because discourse had become an instrument of opposition in academia.

5. What genre of writing does Eagleton provide that is an example of writing that is NOT considered to be literature?
(a) Comics.
(b) Romance.
(c) Young Adult.
(d) Science fiction.

Short Answer Questions

1. How are "writable" texts different from ones that can be read?

2. According to Eagleton, why is Hans-Georg Gadamer not concerned about bringing our cultural preconceptions to a literary work?

3. Who was Husserl's most famous pupil who broke with his system of thought?

4. According to the Russian critic Roman Jakobson, literature represents "organized ______committed on ordinary _______."

5. What is the German word for how reality is not objective, but experienced and organized by an individual subject?

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