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Multiple Choice Questions

1. From the viewpoint of Roland Barthes, Eagleton argues that "reading is less like a _______ than a _________."
(a) "Laboratory; boudoir."
(b) "Boudoir; system."
(c) "Boudoir; laboratory."
(d) "Philosophy; laboratory."

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

3. 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 word.
(c) The symbol.
(d) The image.

4. The Russian formalists rejected what kind of doctrines that had influenced literary criticism?
(a) Quasi-mystical religious doctrines.
(b) Quasi-mystical symbolist doctrines.
(c) Quasi-mystical fictional doctrines.
(d) Quasi-mystical psychoanalytic doctrines.

5. Eagleton argues that reading literature in a new critical way was a recipe for what?
(a) Political consciousness.
(b) Political inertia.
(c) Political ambition.
(d) Political progress.

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

7. How do linguists describe the effect of language where "the texture, rhythm and resonance of words are in excess of their abstractable meaning."
(a) "A disproportion between one signifier for every other signified."
(b) "A disproportion between two signifiers."
(c) "A disproportion between two signifieds."
(d) "A disproportion between signifiers and signifieds."

8. What novel by John Updike does Eagleton discuss from the position of reception theory?
(a) Rabbit Run.
(b) Of the Farm.
(c) Couples.
(d) Terrorist.

9. 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) Literature as Image.
(b) Film as Thought.
(c) Theory as Practise.
(d) Art as Device.

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

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

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

13. The distinction between fact and fiction in defining literature is what?
(a) Important.
(b) Complicated.
(c) Difficult.
(d) Questionable.

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

15. 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 lacked the means of transforming industrial capitalism.
(b) Because they refused to give up their privilege as writers in industrial society.
(c) Because they were revolutionaries who were imprisoned in the old system.
(d) Because their vision of a just society was a corrupted version of industrial capitalism.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Eagleton, as the first industrialist capitalist nation, England becomes what kind of state?

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

3. According to Eagleton, "properly understood, literary theory is shaped by a ______impulse rather than an _______one."

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

5. What kind of analysis is phenomenology, according to Eagleton?

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