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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. The German philosopher Edmund Husserl argued that objects can be regarded as things ______ by consciousness.
(a) Realized.
(b) Understood.
(c) Intended.
(d) Evaluated.

6. 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 familiar connotation.
(c) A unfamiliar connotation.
(d) A negative connotation.

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

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

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

10. 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 religion."
(b) The success of government.
(c) The failure of religion.
(d) The failure of government."

11. 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) Wolfgang Iser.
(c) Jean Paul Sartre.
(d) Roman Ingarden.

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

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

14. Who wrote "What is Literature" on literary reception and was published in 1948?
(a) Jean Paul Sartre.
(b) Wolfgang Iser.
(c) Stanley Fish.
(d) Roland Barthes.

15. What three sequential stages does Eagleton point out in the development of modern literary theory?
(a) The preoccupation with the author, the exclusive concern with the text, and a shift toward the reader.
(b) The preoccupation with the text, the exclusive concern with the reader, and a shift toward the author.
(c) The preoccupation with the critic, the exclusive concern with the author, and a shift toward the text.
(d) The preoccupation with the reader, the exclusive concern with the text, and a shift toward the critic.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Eagleton, in the romantic aesthetic theory the meaning of the word literature became what?

2. What date does Eagleton settle on as the "beginnings of the transformation which has taken over literary theory in this century"?

3. According to Eagleton, why did the Russian formalists NOT see a literary work as a vehicle for ideas, reflection of reality, or transcendental truth?

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

5. According to Eagleton, what idea is "truly elitist" in literary studies?

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