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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Eagleton, the subject in phenomenology was the source of all what?
(a) Violence.
(b) Meaning.
(c) Life.
(d) Oppression.

2. Eagleton argues that if literature includes much factual writing, it also excludes "quite a lot of" what?
(a) Nonfiction.
(b) Biography.
(c) Fiction.
(d) Autobiography.

3. According to Eagleton, the sentence "this is awfully squiggly handwriting" from Knut Hamsun's "Hunger" tells him its literary because of what reason?
(a) The content.
(b) The facts.
(c) The context.
(d) The ideas.

4. According to Eagleton, William Empson "insists on treating poetry as a species of ______language."
(a) Secular.
(b) Ordinary.
(c) Religious.
(d) Spectacular.

5. Eagleton provides the analogy of finding a "scrap of writing from a long-vanished civilization" to make what point about deciphering its meaning?
(a) That we would not know whether it was a piece of poetry or ordinary language.
(b) That we would be able to learn that it was a piece of poetry by looking at the language.
(c) That we would be able to tell that it was a piece of poetry regardless of access to its language.
(d) That we would be able to see that poetry didn't exist by looking at its language.

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

7. 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."
(a) Rationalizes.
(b) Sanitizes.
(c) Terrorizes.
(d) Concretizes.

8. Who developed hermeneutics?
(a) Stanley Fish.
(b) Roland Barthes.
(c) E.D. Hirsch.
(d) Hans-Georg Gadamer.

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

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

11. According to Eagleton, "theory was a way of _______ literary works from the ________of civilised sensibility'"
(a) Excluding; oppression.
(b) Dismissing; idea.
(c) Studying; truth.
(d) Emancipating; stranglehold.

12. Eagleton argues that the readership his book has attracted dispels the notion that literary theory is what?
(a) Misguided.
(b) Elitist.
(c) Simple.
(d) Boring.

13. For Eagleton, hostility toward theory means what?
(a) Opposition to other people's theories.
(b) Acceptance to some people's theories.
(c) Acceptance to some people's theories and protective of one's own.
(d) Opposition to other people's theories and oblivion of one's own.

14. How did the Romantic artist reflect her or his work in its detachment from history itself?
(a) Because she or he was seen as a major commodity who existed within society.
(b) Because she or he was seen as a consumer of commodities who bought their goods for low pay.
(c) Because she or he was seen as a producer of commodities who sold their goods for high pay.
(d) Because she or he was seen as a minor commodity who existed on the margins of society.

15. According to Eagleton, the "very meaning of _______, ________ and _________ has undergone deep alteration."
(a) Film; viewing; education.
(b) Art; theory; practise.
(c) Power; authority; freedom.
(d) Literature; reading; criticism.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Eagleton, why did the Russian formalists NOT see a literary work as a vehicle for ideas, reflection of reality, or transcendental truth?

2. According to Eagleton, in the romantic aesthetic theory the meaning of the word literature became what?

3. According to Eagleton, who "harnessed this Romantic humanism to the cause of the working class" in the late nineteenth-century?

4. What role does reception theory examine?

5. How many decades, according to Eagleton, has there been a "striking proliferation of literary theory" since the publication of the Russian formalist's pioneering essay?

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