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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to Eagleton, "properly understood, literary theory is shaped by a ______impulse rather than an _______one."
(a) Different; indifferent.
(b) Cultivated; uncultivated.
(c) Popular; unpopular.
(d) Democratic; elitist.

3. According to Viktor Shklovsky, what novel was "the most typical novel in world literature" because it impeded its own story-line so that it never gets off the ground?
(a) "Tristram Shandy."
(b) "Don Quixote."
(c) "Animal Farm."
(d) "History of the Rebellion."

4. 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 producer of commodities who sold their goods for high pay.
(c) Because she or he was seen as a consumer of commodities who bought their goods for low pay.
(d) Because she or he was seen as a minor commodity who existed on the margins of society.

5. According to Eagleton, what kind of age do we live in, where "meaning, like everything else, is expected to be instantly consumable"?
(a) Postmodern.
(b) Modern.
(c) Traditional.
(d) Esoteric.

6. 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 context.
(b) The ideas.
(c) The content.
(d) The facts.

7. According to Eagleton, "Literary Theory: An Introduction" has managed to reach readers beyond __________.
(a) Academia.
(b) Literature.
(c) Historians.
(d) Students.

8. What person is NOT included in the ranks of Russian formalists?
(a) Roman Jakobson.
(b) Boris Tomashevsky.
(c) Viktor Shklovsky.
(d) Heinrich Wolffin.

9. According to Eagleton, what kind of thought does literary education NOT encourage?
(a) Irrational thought.
(b) Creative thought.
(c) Rational thought.
(d) Analytical thought.

10. Eagleton argues that a literary work in Romantic society becomes what rather than rational and mechanical?
(a) Interesting.
(b) Ideological.
(c) Spontaneous.
(d) Progressive.

11. During the Romantic period, how is literature more than "idle escapism"?
(a) It is the acceptance of totalarian values rejected in English society.
(b) It is the rejection of creative values celebrated in English society.
(c) It is the affirmation of creative values expunged from English society.
(d) It is the celebration of totalarian values enforced in English society.

12. What is the German word for how reality is not objective, but experienced and organized by an individual subject?
(a) Bildungsroman.
(b) Lebenswelt.
(c) Wendepunkt.
(d) Vorgeschichte.

13. For the Romantics, why was their vision of a just society was inverted into a nostalgia for an old and "organic" England?
(a) Because they were revolutionaries who were imprisoned in the old system.
(b) Because their vision of a just society was a corrupted version of industrial capitalism.
(c) Because they refused to give up their privilege as writers in industrial society.
(d) Because they lacked the means of transforming industrial capitalism.

14. 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 be able to learn that it was a piece of poetry by looking at the language.
(b) That we would be able to see that poetry didn't exist by looking at its 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 not know whether it was a piece of poetry or ordinary language.

15. What is the name of the Russian formalist who published the pioneering essay that is the "beginnings of the transformation which has taken over literary theory in this century"?
(a) Alexander Pushkin.
(b) Leo Tolstoy.
(c) Fyodor Dostoevsky.
(d) Viktor Shklovsky.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. According to Eagleton, what does his book try to demonstrate about a body of literary theory?

4. Who was Husserl's most famous pupil who broke with his system of thought?

5. For the economist Eagleton discusses, "those economists who dislike theory or claimed to get along better without it" were what?

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