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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. Eagleton argues that if literature includes much factual writing, it also excludes "quite a lot of" what?
(a) Fiction.
(b) Nonfiction.
(c) Autobiography.
(d) Biography.

2. In the eighteenth-century, what was the whole body of writing in society considered, including philosophy, letters, history, poems, and essays?
(a) Canon.
(b) Literature.
(c) Theory.
(d) Religion.

3. Eagleton writes that "New Criticism was the ideology of an ________, _______intelligentsia who reinvented in literature what they could not locate in reality."
(a) Uprooted, defensive.
(b) Apathetic, placid.
(c) Educated, grounded.
(d) Aggressive, violent.

4. What word does Eagleton discuss that is both a descriptive term to mean "literally untrue" as well as an evaluative term to mean "visionary" or "inventive"?
(a) Imaginative.
(b) Unimaginative.
(c) Idealistic.
(d) Unrealistic.

5. How many decades, according to Eagleton, has there been a "striking proliferation of literary theory" since the publication of the Russian formalist's pioneering essay?
(a) Six.
(b) One.
(c) Two.
(d) Five.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Eagleton, eighteenth-century literature embodied more than social values, it also was an instrument for what?

2. According to Eagleton, in the romantic aesthetic theory the meaning of the word literature became what?

3. For the Romantics, why was their vision of a just society was inverted into a nostalgia for an old and "organic" England?

4. How far has the "theoretical revolution" spread according to Eagleton?

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

(see the answer key)

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