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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. What is the "literary canon"?
(a) Writing selected as representative of real life.
(b) Writing selected as more valuable than real life.
(c) Writing excluded from a certain discourse.
(d) Writing selected as amenable to a certain discourse.

2. According to Eagleton, structuralism has proved that there is nothing _____ about codes.
(a) Progressive.
(b) Guilty.
(c) Evaluative.
(d) Innocent.

3. According to Eagleton, structuralism is a ________of inquiry whereas semiotics is a ______ of study.
(a) Type; manner.
(b) Field; type.
(c) Method; field.
(d) Manner; field.

4. For Eagleton, what are the two ways in which literary theory can have a distinct purpose and identity?
(a) It can define itself in terms of other methods of inquiry and the manner of enquiry.
(b) It can define itself in terms of methods of inquiry and the manner of enquiry.
(c) It can define itself in terms of methods of inquiry or the object being enquired into.
(d) It can define itself in terms of eradicating inquiry or the object being enquire into.

5. According to Jacques Lacan, what stage does a child first develop an ego?
(a) During the post-Oedipal stage.
(b) During the imaginary stage.
(c) During the mirror stage.
(d) During the Oedipal stage.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Eagleton, why is it an illusion to think that he can be present to us in what he says and writes?

2. Eagleton writes that his book is less an introduction to literary theory than a what?

3. What does Jacques Derrida label any thought system which depends on an unassailable foundation?

4. According to Eagleton, "the idea that there are 'non-political' forms of criticism" is a what?

5. According to the feminist philosopher Julia Kristeva, the language of the semiotic is a means of what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Eagleton reject the idea of a disconnected individual in society?

2. What is the dominant ideology within academia and what are its major problems?

3. What does Julia Kristeva define as "semiotic" and why is it significant?

4. What are the three stages of development in psychoanalysis and how do they relate to literary theory?

5. For Roland Barthes, what does literature embody and why is it significant?

6. What is significant about the ways in which Sigmund Freud treated women and men?

7. According to Eagleton, why should the notion of literary theory be abolished?

8. Why does Eagleton claim that Northrop Frye's work emphasized the "utopian root'" of all literature and what is his response?

9. Why does Eagleton argue that politics should engage with questions of sexual ideology?

10. What was the significance of the Prague structuralists?

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