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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) Sermons.
(d) News.

2. For the economist Eagleton discusses, "those economists who dislike theory or claimed to get along better without it" were what?
(a) Didn't understand the importance of theory.
(b) Had no knowledge of any theory.
(c) In the grip of the most current theory.
(d) In the grip of an older theory.

3. The Russian formalists rejected what kind of doctrines that had influenced literary criticism?
(a) Quasi-mystical symbolist doctrines.
(b) Quasi-mystical psychoanalytic doctrines.
(c) Quasi-mystical fictional doctrines.
(d) Quasi-mystical religious doctrines.

4. 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 of the ambiguities inherent in the statement, which raises questions about its meaning.
(b) Because the language is prosaic and straightforward.
(c) Because the directive is unambigious and therefore inherently meaningful.
(d) Because the statement is a directive where people who do not follow are estranged from society.

5. During the 1960s, what kind of students began to enter higher education that broke down assumptions about literary studies?
(a) Students from supposedly "uncultivated" backgrounds.
(b) Students from supposedly "third-world" countries.
(c) Students from supposedly "first-world" countries.
(d) Students from supposedly "cultivated" backgrounds.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is "imaginative" literature or literature that is not necessarily true?

2. 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?

3. According to Eagleton, the "very meaning of _______, ________ and _________ has undergone deep alteration."

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

5. How do linguists describe the effect of language where "the texture, rhythm and resonance of words are in excess of their abstractable meaning."

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