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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Both F.R. Leavis and Edmund Husserl seek to grasp the thing in itself, or the ______for Husserl and ______for Leavis.
(a) Eidos; life.
(b) Idea; essence.
(c) Idea; life.
(d) Image; eidos.

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

3. What genre of writing does Eagleton provide that is an example of writing that is NOT considered to be literature?
(a) Young Adult.
(b) Science fiction.
(c) Romance.
(d) Comics.

4. According to Eagleton, Stanley Fish's model excludes the possibility that there is a ______ of interpretations?
(a) Struggle.
(b) Dominance.
(c) Acceptance.
(d) Rejection.

5. What is the name of the critic from the Constance school of reception aesthetics and the author of "The Act of Reading" who Eagleton discusses at length?
(a) Roland Barthes.
(b) Jean Paul Sartre.
(c) Wolfgang Iser.
(d) Roman Ingarden.

6. What is the name of the pioneering essay the Russian formalist wrote that is the "beginnings of the transformation which has taken over literary theory in this century"?
(a) Film as Thought.
(b) Literature as Image.
(c) Theory as Practise.
(d) Art as Device.

7. According to Eagleton, the approaches outlined in his book have implications where?
(a) Well beyond politics.
(b) Well beyond feeling.
(c) Well beyond literature.
(d) Well beyond language.

8. According to Eagleton, "if one were asked to provide a single explanation for the growth of English in the later nineteenth century" what would it be?
(a) The success of government.
(b) The failure of religion.
(c) The failure of government."
(d) The success of religion."

9. According to Eagleton, who "harnessed this Romantic humanism to the cause of the working class" in the late nineteenth-century?
(a) Samuel Coleridge.
(b) Lord Byron.
(c) Percy Shelley.
(d) William Morris.

10. According to Eagleton, why did the Russian formalists NOT see a literary work as a vehicle for ideas, reflection of reality, or transcendental truth?
(a) Because they saw language as potentially empowering the masses.
(b) Because they saw language as words and not objects or feelings.
(c) Because they saw language as a mode of speech for the wealthy.
(d) Because they saw language as obtuse, vague, and ephemeral.

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

12. During the last decades of the eighteenth-century, the word prosaic begins to acquire what a kind of connotation?
(a) A unfamiliar connotation.
(b) A familiar connotation.
(c) A negative connotation.
(d) A positive connotation.

13. Who silenced the Russian formalists, according to Eagleton?
(a) Socialists.
(b) Stalinists.
(c) Liberals.
(d) Bolsheviks.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. For Eagleton, how did the romantics usher a "forestalling of reasoned critical enquiry"?

2. Eagleton argues that for Stanley Fish, what a text "does" to us is a matter of what we do to what?

3. The distinction between fact and fiction in defining literature is what?

4. During the 1960s, what kind of students began to enter higher education that broke down assumptions about literary studies?

5. For Eagleton, E.D. Hirsch attempts to "offer a form of knowledge" that is what?

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