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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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"?
(a) Unimaginative.
(b) Idealistic.
(c) Unrealistic.
(d) Imaginative.

4. 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."

5. What is "imaginative" literature or literature that is not necessarily true?
(a) Fiction.
(b) Biography.
(c) Memoir.
(d) Nonfiction.

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

7. During the 1960s, what kind of students began to enter higher education that broke down assumptions about literary studies?
(a) Students from supposedly "third-world" countries.
(b) Students from supposedly "first-world" countries.
(c) Students from supposedly "cultivated" backgrounds.
(d) Students from supposedly "uncultivated" backgrounds.

8. According to Eagleton, "in the terminology of reception theory, the reader _________ the literary work, which is in itself no more than a chain of organized black marks on a page."
(a) Concretizes.
(b) Rationalizes.
(c) Sanitizes.
(d) Terrorizes.

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

10. For Eagleton, opposition between "historical" and "artistic" truth does NOT apply to what?
(a) Late Victorian novels.
(b) Early Icelandic sagas.
(c) Middle English.
(d) Fairy-tales.

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

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

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

14. According to Eagleton, Stanley Fish's model excludes the possibility that there is a ______ of interpretations?
(a) Dominance.
(b) Acceptance.
(c) Struggle.
(d) Rejection.

15. By the early 1930s, the study of English literature became what kind of pursuit?
(a) A singular narrowminded pursuit.
(b) A supremely civilizing pursuit.
(c) A singular openminded pursuit.
(d) A supremel uncivilized pursuit.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Eagleton, eighteenth-century literature embodied more than social values, it also was an instrument for what?

3. According to Eagleton, what kind of thought does literary education NOT encourage?

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

5. According to Eagleton, the approaches outlined in his book have implications where?

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