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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What is the "impotence" of liberal humanism a symptom of, according to Eagleton?
(a) Its refusal to examine the facts.
(b) Its absurd claims in the face of suffering.
(c) Its sense of entitlement in relation to the world.
(d) Its contradictory relationship to capitalism.
2. Eagleton writes that his book is less an introduction to literary theory than a what?
(a) A homage.
(b) An obituary.
(c) A polemic.
(d) An answer.
3. The transition from structuralism to post-structuralism is partly in response to what movement?
(a) Christian movement.
(b) Marxist's movement.
(c) Student movement.
(d) Women's movement.
4. According to Eagleton, structuralism has proved that there is nothing _____ about codes.
5. According to Eagleton, what is the "point" of literary theory?
(a) Its work rejects the political and ideological forces in power.
(b) Its work creates the political and ideological forces in power.
(c) Its history is part of the political and ideological history of our times.
(d) Its history is not a part of the political and ideological history of our times.
6. According to Eagleton, literary theorists "are not so much ______of doctrine as ________of a discourse."
(a) Teachers; students.
(b) Critics; creators.
(c) Purveyors; custodians.
(d) Writers; readers.
7. What are Northrop Frye's three recurrent patterns of symbolism in literature?
(a) Analogical, demonic, tragic.
(b) Tragic, comic, romantic.
(c) Comic, apocalyptic, romantic.
(d) Apocalyptic, demonic, analogical.
8. What does Jacques Derrida label any thought system which depends on an unassailable foundation?
9. What is the difference between metaphor and metonymy?
(a) In metaphor one sign is subtituted for another; in metonymy one sign is associated with another.
(b) In metaphor one sign is substituted for another; in metonymy one sign is privileged over another.
(c) In metaphor one sign is privileged over another; in metonymy one sign is associated with another.
(d) In metaphor one sign is equal to another; in metonymy one sign is less than another.
10. According to Eagleton, structuralism maintains that "individual units of any system have meaning only by virtue of" what?
(a) Their status in the world.
(b) Their connection to religion.
(c) Their relations to one another.
(d) Their meaning for the critic.
11. What is the "final logical move" for literary theory, according to Eagleton?
(a) To subjugate literature for its own ends.
(b) To recognize that it is an illusion.
(c) To distance itself from the text.
(d) To privatize theory for the general public.
12. According to Eagleton, what "staggering fact" could not be put right by a theoretical technique?
(a) That there was no time in history where women were not considered superior.
(b) There was no time in history where half of the human race fought for equality.
(c) There was no time in history where women and men were antagonists.
(d) That there was no time in history where half of the human race was not considered inferior.
13. According to Sigmund Freud, what is the name of the complex whereby a child experiences an unconscious desire for sexual union with its same sex parent?
(a) The Pandora complex.
(b) The Eros complex.
(c) The Medusa complex.
(d) The Oedipus complex.
14. What year did France's student movement strike against the authoritarianism of the educational institutions and in solidarity with the working-class?
15. According to Eagleton, why did intellectuals preoccupy themselves with language in the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries?
(a) Because discourse had become degraded to an instrument of industrial capitalism.
(b) Because discourse had become irrelevant in industrial society.
(c) Because discourse had become an instrument of opposition in academia.
(d) Because discourse had become elevated by intellectuals.
Short Answer Questions
1. Literary texts are code-productive, code-transgressive, and code_____.
2. According to Eagleton, there are forms of post-structuralism that represent what kind of withdrawal from history?
3. Who said "there is no cultural document that is not at the same time a record of barbarism"?
4. What is a belief in "ultimate word, presence, essence, truth, or reality"?
5. According to Eagleton, "the meaning of a sign is a matter of what the sign is _____."
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