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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to Eagleton, Gibbon and the authors of Genesis share what in common?
(a) Both wrote fiction that is read as historical fact.
(b) Both wrote historical truth that is read as fiction.
(c) Both wrote fiction that is read as fact by some and fiction by others.
(d) They both thought they were writing historical truth, but are read as fact by some and fiction by others.

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

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

5. For Eagleton, E.D. Hirsch attempts to "offer a form of knowledge" that is what?
(a) Telling.
(b) Titular.
(c) Temporary.
(d) Timeless.

6. For Eagleton, Gadamer's theory only holds if one makes what "enormous assumption"?
(a) That there is a single, mainstream modernity.
(b) That there is a single, mainstream tradition.
(c) That there are multiple traditions.
(d) That there are multiple modernities.

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 signifieds."
(c) "A disproportion between signifiers and signifieds."
(d) "A disproportion between two signifiers."

8. According to Eagleton, why did the Russian formalists NOT see a literary work as a vehicle for ideas, reflection of reality, or transcendental truth?
(a) Because they saw language as words and not objects or feelings.
(b) Because they saw language as potentially empowering the masses.
(c) Because they saw language as obtuse, vague, and ephemeral.
(d) Because they saw language as a mode of speech for the wealthy.

9. According to Eagleton, what kind of age do we live in, where "meaning, like everything else, is expected to be instantly consumable"?
(a) Postmodern.
(b) Modern.
(c) Traditional.
(d) Esoteric.

10. According to Eagleton, the subject in phenomenology was the source of all what?
(a) Meaning.
(b) Oppression.
(c) Life.
(d) Violence.

11. According to Eagleton, formalism is the application of what to the study of literature?
(a) Psychology.
(b) Sociology.
(c) Linguistics.
(d) Economics.

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

13. What is the name of the economist Eagleton discusses in his preface?
(a) J. M. Keynes.
(b) Adam Smith.
(c) I. Fischer.
(d) Gordon Tuck.

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

15. What genre of writing does Eagleton provide that is an example of writing that is NOT considered to be literature?
(a) Comics.
(b) Young Adult.
(c) Science fiction.
(d) Romance.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Eagleton, the sentence "this is awfully squiggly handwriting" from Knut Hamsun's "Hunger" tells him its literary because of what reason?

2. The German philosopher Edmund Husserl argued that objects can be regarded as things ______ by consciousness.

3. What example from the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries does Eagleton provide that was not considered purely factual?

4. What year did Terry Eagleton's "Literary Theory: An Introduction" first appear?

5. According to Eagleton, "theory was a way of _______ literary works from the ________of civilised sensibility'"

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