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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 3, Structuralism and Semiotics.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Eagleton's goal in "Literary Theory: An Introduction" is to provide a comprehensive account of literary theory for whom?
(a) Those with extensive knowledge of literary theory.
(b) Those who have specialised knowledge of literary theory.
(c) Those with little knowledge of literary theory.
(d) Those who have some knowledge of literary theory.

2. According to Eagleton, structuralism is a ________of inquiry whereas semiotics is a ______ of study.
(a) Manner; field.
(b) Method; field.
(c) Type; manner.
(d) Field; type.

3. During the last decades of the eighteenth-century, the word prosaic begins to acquire what a kind of connotation?
(a) A unfamiliar connotation.
(b) A negative connotation.
(c) A familiar connotation.
(d) A positive connotation.

4. According to Eagleton, "if one were asked to provide a single explanation for the growth of English in the later nineteenth century" what would it be?
(a) The failure of government."
(b) The success of religion."
(c) The success of government.
(d) The failure of religion.

5. Eagleton argues that a literary work in Romantic society becomes what rather than rational and mechanical?
(a) Spontaneous.
(b) Interesting.
(c) Ideological.
(d) Progressive.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Eagleton, structuralism has proved that there is nothing _____ about codes.

2. The distinction between fact and fiction in defining literature is what?

3. What commonality does structuralism and phenomenology share, according to Eagleton?

4. What three sequential stages does Eagleton point out in the development of modern literary theory?

5. According to Eagleton, one of the gains of structuralism is that it represents a "remorseless _____of literature."

(see the answer key)

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