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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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) Fyodor Dostoevsky.
(b) Alexander Pushkin.
(c) Viktor Shklovsky.
(d) Leo Tolstoy.

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

5. Why is the example Eagleton gives of the sign in the London Underground system that "dogs must be carried on the escalator" a case of estrangement?
(a) Because the statement is a directive where people who do not follow are estranged from society.
(b) Because the language is prosaic and straightforward.
(c) Because of the ambiguities inherent in the statement, which raises questions about its meaning.
(d) Because the directive is unambigious and therefore inherently meaningful.

6. What is the name Edmund Husserl gave to his philosophical method?
(a) Phenomenology.
(b) New criticism.
(c) Reception theory.
(d) Hermeneutics.

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

8. What is the name of the economist Eagleton discusses in his preface?
(a) Gordon Tuck.
(b) Adam Smith.
(c) J. M. Keynes.
(d) I. Fischer.

9. What word does Eagleton discuss that is both a descriptive term to mean "literally untrue" as well as an evaluative term to mean "visionary" or "inventive"?
(a) Unimaginative.
(b) Idealistic.
(c) Imaginative.
(d) Unrealistic.

10. What year did Terry Eagleton's "Literary Theory: An Introduction" first appear?
(a) 1983.
(b) 1963.
(c) 1943.
(d) 1993.

11. What role does reception theory examine?
(a) The author's role.
(b) The reader's role.
(c) The critic's role.
(d) The teacher's role.

12. According to Eagleton, the Russian formalist shifted their attention to the "material reality" of what?
(a) The text.
(b) The facts.
(c) The critic.
(d) The fiction.

13. According to Eagleton, what becomes the "panacea for all problems" as part of the romantics' aesthetic theory at the turn of the eighteenth century?
(a) The text.
(b) The symbol.
(c) The word.
(d) The image.

14. Eagleton argues that the criteria for what counted as literature in the eighteenth-century was what?
(a) Practical.
(b) Ideological.
(c) Religious.
(d) Canonical.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Eagleton argues that a literary work in Romantic society becomes what rather than rational and mechanical?

4. According to Eagleton, why is Hans-Georg Gadamer not concerned about bringing our cultural preconceptions to a literary work?

5. According to Eagleton, the sentence "this is awfully squiggly handwriting" from Knut Hamsun's "Hunger" tells him its literary because of what reason?

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