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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 2, Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Reception Theory.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Eagleton, who "harnessed this Romantic humanism to the cause of the working class" in the late nineteenth-century?
(a) Percy Shelley.
(b) Samuel Coleridge.
(c) William Morris.
(d) Lord Byron.

2. Who is the key figure in the Victorian period Eagleton cites as "preternaturally aware of the needs of his social class"?
(a) Percy Shelley.
(b) William Morris.
(c) George Gordon.
(d) Matthew Arnold.

3. According to Eagleton, "properly understood, literary theory is shaped by a ______impulse rather than an _______one."
(a) Different; indifferent.
(b) Cultivated; uncultivated.
(c) Democratic; elitist.
(d) Popular; unpopular.

4. What proposes a "severe problem" for Husserl's theory?
(a) Consciousness.
(b) Individuality.
(c) Truth.
(d) Language.

5. Eagleton argues that the criteria for what counted as literature in the eighteenth-century was what?
(a) Canonical.
(b) Religious.
(c) Practical.
(d) Ideological.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Eagleton, William Empson "insists on treating poetry as a species of ______language."

2. What three sequential stages does Eagleton point out in the development of modern literary theory?

3. 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?

4. According to Eagleton, when did the Russian formalists emerge?

5. What date does Eagleton settle on as the "beginnings of the transformation which has taken over literary theory in this century"?

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