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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Eagleton, in the romantic aesthetic theory the meaning of the word literature became what?
(a) Communism.
(b) Ideology.
(c) Realism.
(d) Psychology.

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

3. According to Eagleton, what does his book try to demonstrate about a body of literary theory?
(a) That there is one body of literary theory that springs from and is applicable to literature alone.
(b) That there are several bodies of literary theory that spring from and is applicable to literature alone.
(c) That there is no body of literary theory that springs from or is applicable to literature alone.
(d) That there is sometimes a body of literary theory that springs from and is applicable to literature alone.

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

5. What date does Eagleton settle on as the "beginnings of the transformation which has taken over literary theory in this century"?
(a) 1957.
(b) 1977.
(c) 1937.
(d) 1917.

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

7. For E.D. Hirsch, the aim of "policing" an author's meaning is to what, according to Eagleton?
(a) Protect her/his "private property."
(b) Control her/his "private property."
(c) Alter her/his "private property."
(d) Sell her/his "private property."

8. Eagleton's goal in "Literary Theory: An Introduction" is to provide a comprehensive account of literary theory for whom?
(a) Those with extensive knowledge of literary theory.
(b) Those who have specialised knowledge of literary theory.
(c) Those with little knowledge of literary theory.
(d) Those who have some knowledge of literary theory.

9. What "twin impacts" does Eagleton cite in the mid-Victorian period that was particularly worrisome to the ruling class?
(a) Religious ideology and social statis.
(b) Religious ideology and social change.
(c) Scientific discovery and religious ideology.
(d) Scientific discovery and social change.

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

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

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

13. According to the Russian formalist Osip Brik, Pushkin's "Eugene Onegin" would have been written if Pushkin had what?
(a) Been uneducated.
(b) Died young.
(c) Married early.
(d) Not lived.

14. What period did our own definition of literature begin to emerge, according to Eagleton?
(a) Romantic period.
(b) Modernist period.
(c) Victorian period.
(d) Enlightenment period.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What genre of writing does Eagleton provide that is an example of writing that is NOT considered to be literature?

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

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

5. 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"?

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