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

2. According to Eagleton, the formalists were not out to define literature but they were out to define what?
(a) Inventiveness.
(b) Literariness.
(c) Criticism.
(d) Realism.

3. According to Eagleton, Gibbon and the authors of Genesis share what in common?
(a) Both wrote historical truth that is read as fiction.
(b) Both wrote fiction that is read as fact by some and fiction by others.
(c) They both thought they were writing historical truth, but are read as fact by some and fiction by others.
(d) Both wrote fiction that is read as historical fact.

4. What kind of language does Eagleton say people think of literature as?
(a) Ordinary.
(b) Strange.
(c) Difficult.
(d) Dull.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What genre of writing does Eagleton provide that is an example of writing that is NOT considered to be literature?

3. For Eagleton, hostility toward theory means what?

4. 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?

5. 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?

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