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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. What is the name of the pioneering essay the Russian formalist wrote that is the "beginnings of the transformation which has taken over literary theory in this century"?
(a) Film as Thought.
(b) Art as Device.
(c) Theory as Practise.
(d) Literature as Image.

2. According to Eagleton, when did the Russian formalists emerge?
(a) Before WWII.
(b) Before the Bolshevik Revolution.
(c) During the Russian Revolution.
(d) After WWI.

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

4. According to Eagleton, what idea is "truly elitist" in literary studies?
(a) "The idea that literature can only be understood by writers of literature."
(b) "The idea that literature is the only way to understand a particular culture."
(c) "The idea that literature should not be read by those without a higher degree."
(d) "The idea that works of literature can only be appreciated by those with a particular sort of cultural breeding."

5. The distinction between fact and fiction in defining literature is what?
(a) Important.
(b) Complicated.
(c) Difficult.
(d) Questionable.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Eagleton, the formalists were not out to define literature but they were out to define what?

3. Eagleton provides the analogy of finding a "scrap of writing from a long-vanished civilization" to make what point about deciphering its meaning?

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

5. How did the Romantic artist reflect her or his work in its detachment from history itself?

(see the answer key)

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