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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, why did the Russian formalists NOT see a literary work as a vehicle for ideas, reflection of reality, or transcendental truth?
(a) Because they saw language as potentially empowering the masses.
(b) Because they saw language as words and not objects or feelings.
(c) Because they saw language as a mode of speech for the wealthy.
(d) Because they saw language as obtuse, vague, and ephemeral.

2. How do linguists describe the effect of language where "the texture, rhythm and resonance of words are in excess of their abstractable meaning."
(a) "A disproportion between signifiers and signifieds."
(b) "A disproportion between one signifier for every other signified."
(c) "A disproportion between two signifiers."
(d) "A disproportion between two signifieds."

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

4. Who developed hermeneutics?
(a) E.D. Hirsch.
(b) Stanley Fish.
(c) Roland Barthes.
(d) Hans-Georg Gadamer.

5. What three sequential stages does Eagleton point out in the development of modern literary theory?
(a) The preoccupation with the reader, the exclusive concern with the text, and a shift toward the critic.
(b) The preoccupation with the text, the exclusive concern with the reader, and a shift toward the author.
(c) The preoccupation with the critic, the exclusive concern with the author, and a shift toward the text.
(d) The preoccupation with the author, the exclusive concern with the text, and a shift toward the reader.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the Russian formalist Osip Brik, Pushkin's "Eugene Onegin" would have been written if Pushkin had what?

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

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

4. What is the name of the Yale theorist who believed that all language is metaphorical?

5. According to Eagleton, the sentence "this is awfully squiggly handwriting" from Knut Hamsun's "Hunger" tells him its literary because of what reason?

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