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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 1, Rise of the English.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. For the Romantics, why was their vision of a just society was inverted into a nostalgia for an old and "organic" England?
(a) Because they were revolutionaries who were imprisoned in the old system.
(b) Because they lacked the means of transforming industrial capitalism.
(c) Because their vision of a just society was a corrupted version of industrial capitalism.
(d) Because they refused to give up their privilege as writers in industrial society.

2. According to Eagleton, Gibbon and the authors of Genesis share what in common?
(a) They both thought they were writing historical truth, but are read as fact by some and fiction by others.
(b) Both wrote fiction that is read as fact by some and fiction by others.
(c) Both wrote historical truth that is read as fiction.
(d) Both wrote fiction that is read as historical fact.

3. What person is NOT included in the ranks of Russian formalists?
(a) Heinrich Wolffin.
(b) Roman Jakobson.
(c) Boris Tomashevsky.
(d) Viktor Shklovsky.

4. According to Eagleton, in the romantic aesthetic theory the meaning of the word literature became what?
(a) Psychology.
(b) Communism.
(c) Realism.
(d) Ideology.

5. Eagleton argues that the criteria for what counted as literature in the eighteenth-century was what?
(a) Canonical.
(b) Practical.
(c) Religious.
(d) Ideological.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Eagleton, "properly understood, literary theory is shaped by a ______impulse rather than an _______one."

2. In the eighteenth-century, what was the whole body of writing in society considered, including philosophy, letters, history, poems, and essays?

3. According to Eagleton, "theory was a way of _______ literary works from the ________of civilised sensibility'"

4. According to Eagleton, the approaches outlined in his book have implications where?

5. By the early 1930s, the study of English literature became what kind of pursuit?

(see the answer key)

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