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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to Eagleton, "In the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, the word ______seems to have been used about true and fictional events."
(a) Memoir.
(b) News.
(c) Novel.
(d) Theory.

3. According to Eagleton, "Literary Theory: An Introduction" has managed to reach readers beyond __________.
(a) Literature.
(b) Historians.
(c) Students.
(d) Academia.

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

5. For Eagleton, how did the romantics usher a "forestalling of reasoned critical enquiry"?
(a) Because the word was seen as a refleciton of religious truths that you either saw or didn't see.
(b) Because the image was seen as material reality that you saw immediately.
(c) Because the text was regarded as a reflection of society that you either saw or didn't see.
(d) Because the symbol was regarded as an absolute spiritual truth that you either saw or didn't see.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the pioneering essay the Russian formalist wrote that is the "beginnings of the transformation which has taken over literary theory in this century"?

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

3. What is the name of the critic from the Constance school of reception aesthetics and the author of "The Act of Reading" who Eagleton discusses at length?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. During the eighteenth century, how was art perceived in England and why is it significant?

2. In the late-sixteenth and early-seventeenth centuries, what was considered "fact" and what was considered "fiction," and how is it significant?

3. What period of literature did the critic Roland Barthes focus on and why is it significant?

4. How does Eagleton respond to critics who claim that literary theory as irrelevant or elitist and what are its implications?

5. What was the romantics relationship to the symbol and why is it significant?

6. Why is literature an unstable term, according to Eagleton?

7. Who developed reception theory and why is it significant?

8. What did new American criticism focus on and why is it significant?

9. Why does Eagleton call the emergence and development of literary theory a "theoretical revolution" and what does it signify?

10. What did the critic E.D. Hirsch, Jr. believe about the reader's relationship to a text?

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