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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. According to Eagleton, why is Hans-Georg Gadamer not concerned about bringing our cultural preconceptions to a literary work?
(a) Because like the literary work, they come from tradition.
(b) Because unlike the literary work, they come from modernity.
(c) Because like the literary work, they come from modernity.
(d) Because unlike the literary work, the come from tradition.

2. According to Eagleton, the literary work in Romantic society is seen as a ________ that is in contrast to the "fragmented individualism" of capitalist society?
(a) Mysterious inorganic unity.
(b) Mysterious organic unity.
(c) Imperious mechanical unity.
(d) Imperious inorganic unity.

3. What date does Eagleton settle on as the "beginnings of the transformation which has taken over literary theory in this century"?
(a) 1937.
(b) 1957.
(c) 1977.
(d) 1917.

4. In structuralism, the relationship between the sign and what it refers to is what?
(a) Arbitrary.
(b) Opposite.
(c) Necessary.
(d) Identical.

5. According to Eagleton, what does his book try to demonstrate about a body of literary theory?
(a) That there is one body of literary theory that springs from and is applicable to literature alone.
(b) That there are several bodies of literary theory that spring from and is applicable to literature alone.
(c) That there is no body of literary theory that springs from or is applicable to literature alone.
(d) That there is sometimes a body of literary theory that springs from and is applicable to literature alone.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. During the last decades of the eighteenth-century, the word prosaic begins to acquire what a kind of connotation?

3. The English philosopher J. L. Austin saw language as what?

4. Eagleton argues that for Stanley Fish, what a text "does" to us is a matter of what we do to what?

5. What are Northrop Frye's four narrative categories at the root of all literature?

(see the answer key)

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