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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 Eagleton, how did the romantics usher a "forestalling of reasoned critical enquiry"?
(a) Because the text was regarded as a reflection of society that you either saw or didn't see.
(b) Because the word was seen as a refleciton of religious truths that you either saw or didn't see.
(c) Because the symbol was regarded as an absolute spiritual truth that you either saw or didn't see.
(d) Because the image was seen as material reality that you saw immediately.

2. 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 with extensive knowledge of literary theory.
(c) Those who have some knowledge of literary theory.
(d) Those with little knowledge of literary theory.

3. Why is the example Eagleton gives of the sign in the London Underground system that "dogs must be carried on the escalator" a case of estrangement?
(a) Because the language is prosaic and straightforward.
(b) Because the statement is a directive where people who do not follow are estranged from society.
(c) Because the directive is unambigious and therefore inherently meaningful.
(d) Because of the ambiguities inherent in the statement, which raises questions about its meaning.

4. How do linguists describe the effect of language where "the texture, rhythm and resonance of words are in excess of their abstractable meaning."
(a) "A disproportion between one signifier for every other signified."
(b) "A disproportion between two signifieds."
(c) "A disproportion between signifiers and signifieds."
(d) "A disproportion between two signifiers."

5. According to Eagleton, formalism is the application of what to the study of literature?
(a) Psychology.
(b) Economics.
(c) Sociology.
(d) Linguistics.

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. What is the name of the economist Eagleton discusses in his preface?

3. During the 1960s, what kind of students began to enter higher education that broke down assumptions about literary studies?

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

5. According to Eagleton, what kind of thought does literary education NOT encourage?

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