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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. For Eagleton, E.D. Hirsch attempts to "offer a form of knowledge" that is what?
(a) Temporary.
(b) Titular.
(c) Timeless.
(d) Telling.

2. According to Viktor Shklovsky, what novel was "the most typical novel in world literature" because it impeded its own story-line so that it never gets off the ground?
(a) "History of the Rebellion."
(b) "Animal Farm."
(c) "Don Quixote."
(d) "Tristram Shandy."

3. How did post-structuralism respond to France's student movement's failed attempt to break state power?
(a) Post-structuralism sought to break the structures of language.
(b) Post-structuralism sought to break state power.
(c) Post-structuralism sought to create a more powerful language.
(d) Post-structuralism sought to create a free language.

4. For Eagleton, opposition between "historical" and "artistic" truth does NOT apply to what?
(a) Late Victorian novels.
(b) Early Icelandic sagas.
(c) Fairy-tales.
(d) Middle English.

5. 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 degraded to an instrument of industrial capitalism.
(c) Because discourse had become an instrument of opposition in academia.
(d) Because discourse had become irrelevant in industrial society.

Short Answer Questions

1. The German philosopher Edmund Husserl argued that objects can be regarded as things ______ by consciousness.

2. What genre of writing does Eagleton provide that is an example of writing that is NOT considered to be literature?

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

4. How do linguists describe the effect of language where "the texture, rhythm and resonance of words are in excess of their abstractable meaning."

5. What is the name of the author whose story "Sarrasine" Roland Barthes examines in "S/Z"?

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