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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. For the economist Eagleton discusses, "those economists who dislike theory or claimed to get along better without it" were what?
(a) Had no knowledge of any theory.
(b) In the grip of the most current theory.
(c) In the grip of an older theory.
(d) Didn't understand the importance of theory.

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

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

6. Who was glad to abandon the "feminine vagaries of literature" in favor of penning war propaganda?
(a) Walter Raleigh.
(b) Matthew Arnold.
(c) George Gordon.
(d) Lord Byron.

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) Sell her/his "private property."
(d) Alter her/his "private property."

8. Eagleton argues that if literature includes much factual writing, it also excludes "quite a lot of" what?
(a) Fiction.
(b) Nonfiction.
(c) Autobiography.
(d) Biography.

9. Eagleton argues that for Stanley Fish, what a text "does" to us is a matter of what we do to what?
(a) To the critic.
(b) To the text.
(c) To the reader.
(d) To the author.

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

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

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

13. For Eagleton, hostility toward theory means what?
(a) Acceptance to some people's theories and protective of one's own.
(b) Opposition to other people's theories and oblivion of one's own.
(c) Opposition to other people's theories.
(d) Acceptance to some people's theories.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Eagleton, the subject in phenomenology was the source of all what?

2. According to Eagleton, literature is definable "not according to whether it is fictional or "imaginative," because it uses language in ____ways."

3. According to Eagleton, the "very meaning of _______, ________ and _________ has undergone deep alteration."

4. The Russian formalists rejected what kind of doctrines that had influenced literary criticism?

5. How far has the "theoretical revolution" spread according to Eagleton?

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