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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. What year did Terry Eagleton's "Literary Theory: An Introduction" first appear?
(a) 1963.
(b) 1983.
(c) 1943.
(d) 1993.

2. According to Eagleton, "theory was a way of _______ literary works from the ________of civilised sensibility'"
(a) Studying; truth.
(b) Emancipating; stranglehold.
(c) Dismissing; idea.
(d) Excluding; oppression.

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

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

5. According to Viktor Shklovsky, what novel was "the most typical novel in world literature" because it impeded its own story-line so that it never gets off the ground?
(a) "Tristram Shandy."
(b) "Animal Farm."
(c) "History of the Rebellion."
(d) "Don Quixote."

Short Answer Questions

1. Who silenced the Russian formalists, according to Eagleton?

2. For the economist Eagleton discusses, "those economists who dislike theory or claimed to get along better without it" were what?

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 kind of age do we live in, where "meaning, like everything else, is expected to be instantly consumable"?

5. According to Eagleton, Gibbon and the authors of Genesis share what in common?

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