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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. Roland Barthes "double" sign is the "grandchild" of what kind of language of the Formalist and Czech structuralists?
(a) Estranged.
(b) Religious.
(c) Unconscious.
(d) Temporal.

2. What are Northrop Frye's three recurrent patterns of symbolism in literature?
(a) Comic, apocalyptic, romantic.
(b) Analogical, demonic, tragic.
(c) Apocalyptic, demonic, analogical.
(d) Tragic, comic, romantic.

3. How are "writable" texts different from ones that can be read?
(a) Writable texts encourage the author/writer to reject the reader/critic of the text.
(b) Writable texts encourage the author/writer to become the reader/critic of the text.
(c) Writable texts encourage the reader/critic to become a consumer of the text.
(d) Writable texts encourage the reader/critic to become a producer of the text.

4. What is the name of the author whose story "Sarrasine" Roland Barthes examines in "S/Z"?
(a) Balzac.
(b) Eliot.
(c) Tolstoy.
(d) Nabokov.

5. For Jacques Lacan, "meaning is always in some sense an _______."
(a) Allocation.
(b) Abdication.
(c) Approximation.
(d) Amalgamation.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did post-structuralism respond to France's student movement's failed attempt to break state power?

2. According to Eagleton, structuralism has proved that there is nothing _____ about codes.

3. Who said "there is no cultural document that is not at the same time a record of barbarism"?

4. What text did Tzvetan Todorov attempt a grammatical analysis of so that the characters were nouns, their attributes adjectives, and actions verbs?

5. According to Eagleton, structuralism exposed what "shocking truth"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Sigmund Freud's Oedipus complex and why is it significant?

2. What is structuralism's lasting impact on literary theory and what is Eagleton's critique of their methodology?

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

4. What are the four areas Eagleton discusses rhetoric should target that would bring about transformation in society?

5. What is structuralism and how what does it share in common with formalism?

6. How did post-structuralism develop and why is it significant?

7. During the 1960s and 1970s why did feminist scholars reject Marxist thought on the left?

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

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

10. What was a "healthy" sign according to Roland Barthes and why is it significant?

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