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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 4, Post-Structuralism.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What commonality does structuralism and phenomenology share, according to Eagleton?
(a) They both immerse themselves in the material world in order to become conscious of it.
(b) They both immerse themselves in the material world in order to understand the subconscious.
(c) They both shut out the material world in order to understand our consciousness of it.
(d) They both shut out the material world in order to revert to pre-consciousness.

2. For E.D. Hirsch, the aim of "policing" an author's meaning is to what, according to Eagleton?
(a) Sell her/his "private property."
(b) Alter her/his "private property."
(c) Control her/his "private property."
(d) Protect her/his "private property."

3. According to Eagleton, the French structural anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss did pioneering work on what?
(a) Language.
(b) Myth.
(c) Philosophy.
(d) Religion.

4. Who wrote "What is Literature" on literary reception and was published in 1948?
(a) Roland Barthes.
(b) Jean Paul Sartre.
(c) Wolfgang Iser.
(d) Stanley Fish.

5. According to Eagleton, when did the Russian formalists emerge?
(a) After WWI.
(b) During the Russian Revolution.
(c) Before the Bolshevik Revolution.
(d) Before WWII.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What word does Eagleton discuss that is both a descriptive term to mean "literally untrue" as well as an evaluative term to mean "visionary" or "inventive"?

3. According to Eagleton, "in the terminology of reception theory, the reader _________ the literary work, which is in itself no more than a chain of organized black marks on a page."

4. Why should politics engage with questions of sexual ideology, according to Eagleton?

5. According to Eagleton, why did the women's movement reject the economic focus of classical Marxist thought?

(see the answer key)

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