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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Conclusion, Political Criticism.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Eagleton, what is the disadvantage of claiming literature as more valuable and rewarding than other texts?
(a) Because it partly true.
(b) Because it is no longer true.
(c) Because it is untrue.
(d) Because it is true.

2. According to Eagleton, the formalists were not out to define literature but they were out to define what?
(a) Inventiveness.
(b) Criticism.
(c) Literariness.
(d) Realism.

3. What are Northrop Frye's four narrative categories at the root of all literature?
(a) Fiction, fact, reality, idealism.
(b) Romantic, tragic, idealism, ironic.
(c) Comic, reality, idealism, tragic.
(d) Comic, romantic, tragic, ironic.

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

5. According to Eagleton, why did the women's movement reject the economic focus of classical Marxist thought?
(a) Because it placed sexual ideology over the material conditions at the heart of its theory and practice.
(b) Because it failed to place sexual ideology at the heart of its theory and practice.
(c) Because it failed to place material conditions over sexual ideology at the heart of its theory and practice.
(d) Because it succeeded in placing sexual ideology at the heart of its theory and practice.

Short Answer Questions

1. Eagleton provides the analogy of finding a "scrap of writing from a long-vanished civilization" to make what point about deciphering its meaning?

2. For Eagleton, hostility toward theory means what?

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

4. How are "writable" texts different from ones that can be read?

5. What three neurotic symptoms can a person develop that are the result of internal conflict, according to Sigmund Freud?

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