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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. During the Romantic period, how is literature more than "idle escapism"?
(a) It is the affirmation of creative values expunged from English society.
(b) It is the celebration of totalarian values enforced in English society.
(c) It is the rejection of creative values celebrated in English society.
(d) It is the acceptance of totalarian values rejected in English society.

2. For Eagleton, opposition between "historical" and "artistic" truth does NOT apply to what?
(a) Early Icelandic sagas.
(b) Middle English.
(c) Fairy-tales.
(d) Late Victorian novels.

3. According to Eagleton, "properly understood, literary theory is shaped by a ______impulse rather than an _______one."
(a) Popular; unpopular.
(b) Democratic; elitist.
(c) Cultivated; uncultivated.
(d) Different; indifferent.

4. According to Eagleton, what is ironic about those who complain of the difficulty of literary theory?
(a) "That those who complain would not expect to understand a textbook of biology or chemical engineering."
(b) "That those who complain are often civilised and educated."
(c) "That those who complain would expect to understand a textbook of biology or chemical engineering."
(d) "That those who complain are often uncivilised and uneducated."

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What date does Eagleton settle on as the "beginnings of the transformation which has taken over literary theory in this century"?

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?

3. According to Eagleton, what becomes the "panacea for all problems" as part of the romantics' aesthetic theory at the turn of the eighteenth century?

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

5. What is "imaginative" literature or literature that is not necessarily true?

(see the answer key)

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