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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 example from the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries does Eagleton provide that was not considered purely factual?
(a) Decrees.
(b) Novels.
(c) News.
(d) Sermons.

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

3. 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 signifiers and signifieds."
(c) "A disproportion between two signifieds."
(d) "A disproportion between two signifiers."

4. According to Eagleton, what kind of age do we live in, where "meaning, like everything else, is expected to be instantly consumable"?
(a) Modern.
(b) Postmodern.
(c) Traditional.
(d) Esoteric.

5. What is the name of the economist Eagleton discusses in his preface?
(a) I. Fischer.
(b) J. M. Keynes.
(c) Gordon Tuck.
(d) Adam Smith.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. According to the Russian formalist Osip Brik, Pushkin's "Eugene Onegin" would have been written if Pushkin had what?

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

4. What person is NOT included in the ranks of Russian formalists?

5. 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?

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