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

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) Novel.
(b) Theory.
(c) News.
(d) Memoir.

3. For E.D. Hirsch, the aim of "policing" an author's meaning is to what, according to Eagleton?
(a) Protect her/his "private property."
(b) Control her/his "private property."
(c) Alter her/his "private property."
(d) Sell her/his "private property."

4. What is the name of the American hermeneuticist E.D. Hirsch Jr.'s famous 1967 book?
(a) "Being and Time."
(b) "Truth and Fact."
(c) "Validity in Interpretation."
(d) "Meaning or Method."

5. How did the Romantic artist reflect her or his work in its detachment from history itself?
(a) Because she or he was seen as a consumer of commodities who bought their goods for low pay.
(b) Because she or he was seen as a producer of commodities who sold their goods for high pay.
(c) Because she or he was seen as a minor commodity who existed on the margins of society.
(d) Because she or he was seen as a major commodity who existed within society.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was Husserl's most famous pupil who broke with his system of thought?

2. According to Eagleton, what idea is "truly elitist" in literary studies?

3. Eagleton argues that the readership his book has attracted dispels the notion that literary theory is what?

4. 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?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What kinds of writing were considered literature in the eighteenth-century and why is this significant?

2. How did the Russian formalists answer the question "what is literature?" and why was it significant?

3. How is Martin Heidegger's philosophy similar to that of the Russian formalists?

4. What is "Tristram Shandy" and why is it significant?

5. What was the dominant ideology of eighteenth-century England?

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

7. How did the romantic movement develop and why is it significant?

8. What period of literature did the critic Roland Barthes 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 new American criticism focus on and why is it significant?

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