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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Introduction: What is Literature?.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Eagleton provides the analogy of finding a "scrap of writing from a long-vanished civilization" to make what point about deciphering its meaning?
(a) That we would not know whether it was a piece of poetry or ordinary language.
(b) That we would be able to see that poetry didn't exist by looking at its language.
(c) That we would be able to tell that it was a piece of poetry regardless of access to its language.
(d) That we would be able to learn that it was a piece of poetry by looking at the language.

2. According to the Russian formalist Osip Brik, Pushkin's "Eugene Onegin" would have been written if Pushkin had what?
(a) Been uneducated.
(b) Not lived.
(c) Died young.
(d) Married early.

3. According to Eagleton, the approaches outlined in his book have implications where?
(a) Well beyond language.
(b) Well beyond feeling.
(c) Well beyond politics.
(d) Well beyond literature.

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

5. Who silenced the Russian formalists, according to Eagleton?
(a) Stalinists.
(b) Bolsheviks.
(c) Socialists.
(d) Liberals.

Short Answer Questions

1. Eagleton argues that the readership his book has attracted dispels the notion that literary theory is what?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. According to Eagleton, what happens when literary theory becomes "turgidly unreadable"?

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

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