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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 5, Psychoanalysis.

Multiple Choice 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."
(a) "A disproportion between one signifier for every other signified."
(b) "A disproportion between two signifiers."
(c) "A disproportion between two signifieds."
(d) "A disproportion between signifiers and signifieds."

2. According to Eagleton, what happens when literary theory becomes "turgidly unreadable"?
(a) "It is being untrue to the importance of its form."
(b) "It is being untrue to its historical roots."
(c) "It is being true to its historical roots."
(d) "It is being true to the importance of its form."

3. According to Eagleton, who would an ideal reader be for a structuralist?
(a) Someone who had intelligent codes at her or his disposal.
(b) Someone who didn't have any codes at her or his disposal.
(c) Someone who had the right codes at her or his disposal.
(d) Someone who had all the codes at her or his disposal.

4. For Eagleton, opposition between "historical" and "artistic" truth does NOT apply to what?
(a) Late Victorian novels.
(b) Fairy-tales.
(c) Early Icelandic sagas.
(d) Middle English.

5. What is the name of the American hermeneuticist E.D. Hirsch Jr.'s famous 1967 book?
(a) "Meaning or Method."
(b) "Being and Time."
(c) "Validity in Interpretation."
(d) "Truth and Fact."

Short Answer Questions

1. Jacques Lacan argues that like _______ desire emerges from a lack, which it strives to fulfill.

2. What example from the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries does Eagleton provide that was not considered purely factual?

3. In American deconstruction, why does literary criticism become an "ironic, uneasy business"?

4. What proposes a "severe problem" for Husserl's theory?

5. What kind of language does Eagleton say people think of literature as?

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