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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to Eagleton, literature is definable "not according to whether it is fictional or "imaginative," because it uses language in ____ways."
(a) Pragmatic.
(b) Pendantic.
(c) Peculiar.
(d) Profound.

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

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

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

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

7. According to the Russian critic Roman Jakobson, literature represents "organized ______committed on ordinary _______."
(a) Violence; speech.
(b) Protest; speech.
(c) Religion; writing.
(d) Violence; people.

8. What proposes a "severe problem" for Husserl's theory?
(a) Language.
(b) Consciousness.
(c) Individuality.
(d) Truth.

9. Who silenced the Russian formalists, according to Eagleton?
(a) Bolsheviks.
(b) Liberals.
(c) Stalinists.
(d) Socialists.

10. According to Eagleton, why is E.D. Hirsch able to maintain his view that literary meaning is absolute and resistant to historical change?
(a) Because meaning is viewed as pre-modern.
(b) Because meaning is viewed as pre-historic.
(c) Because meaning is viewed as pre-linguistic.
(d) Because meaning is viewed as pre-arranged.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Eagleton, the Russian formalist shifted their attention to the "material reality" of what?

3. What is the name Edmund Husserl gave to his philosophical method?

4. What novel by John Updike does Eagleton discuss from the position of reception theory?

5. According to Viktor Shklovsky, what novel was "the most typical novel in world literature" because it impeded its own story-line so that it never gets off the ground?

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