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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 1, Rise of the English.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Eagleton writes that "New Criticism was the ideology of an ________, _______intelligentsia who reinvented in literature what they could not locate in reality."
(a) Uprooted, defensive.
(b) Apathetic, placid.
(c) Aggressive, violent.
(d) Educated, grounded.

2. According to Eagleton, eighteenth-century literature embodied more than social values, it also was an instrument for what?
(a) Entrenchment and dissemination.
(b) Religion and redemption.
(c) Education and oppression.
(d) Violence and abdication.

3. According to Eagleton, "if one were asked to provide a single explanation for the growth of English in the later nineteenth century" what would it be?
(a) The failure of government."
(b) The failure of religion.
(c) The success of religion."
(d) The success of government.

4. For Eagleton, how did the romantics usher a "forestalling of reasoned critical enquiry"?
(a) Because the image was seen as material reality that you saw immediately.
(b) Because the symbol was regarded as an absolute spiritual truth that you either saw or didn't see.
(c) Because the word was seen as a refleciton of religious truths that you either saw or didn't see.
(d) Because the text was regarded as a reflection of society that you either saw or didn't see.

5. Eagleton argues that if literature includes much factual writing, it also excludes "quite a lot of" what?
(a) Autobiography.
(b) Nonfiction.
(c) Fiction.
(d) Biography.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Eagleton, "Literary Theory: An Introduction" has managed to reach readers beyond __________.

3. According to Eagleton, why did the Russian formalists NOT see a literary work as a vehicle for ideas, reflection of reality, or transcendental truth?

4. In the eighteenth-century, what was the whole body of writing in society considered, including philosophy, letters, history, poems, and essays?

5. What is the name of the economist Eagleton discusses in his preface?

(see the answer key)

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