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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, why is Hans-Georg Gadamer not concerned about bringing our cultural preconceptions to a literary work?
(a) Because like the literary work, they come from tradition.
(b) Because unlike the literary work, the come from tradition.
(c) Because like the literary work, they come from modernity.
(d) Because unlike the literary work, they come from modernity.

2. According to Eagleton, literature is definable "not according to whether it is fictional or "imaginative," because it uses language in ____ways."
(a) Pendantic.
(b) Pragmatic.
(c) Profound.
(d) Peculiar.

3. How far has the "theoretical revolution" spread according to Eagleton?
(a) Not beyond the circle of specialists and enthusiasts.
(b) Within the inner circle of critics and readers.
(c) Far beyond the circle of specialists and enthusiasts.
(d) To the outer circle of critics and readers.

4. According to Eagleton, as the first industrialist capitalist nation, England becomes what kind of state?
(a) A perfect state.
(b) A free state.
(c) A wealthy state.
(d) A police state.

5. According to Eagleton, what idea is "truly elitist" in literary studies?
(a) "The idea that literature can only be understood by writers of literature."
(b) "The idea that literature should not be read by those without a higher degree."
(c) "The idea that literature is the only way to understand a particular culture."
(d) "The idea that works of literature can only be appreciated by those with a particular sort of cultural breeding."

Short Answer Questions

1. How did the Romantic artist reflect her or his work in its detachment from history itself?

2. What role does reception theory examine?

3. What is the name of the American hermeneuticist E.D. Hirsch Jr.'s famous 1967 book?

4. What period did our own definition of literature begin to emerge, according to Eagleton?

5. Who wrote "What is Literature" on literary reception and was published in 1948?

(see the answer key)

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