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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 "staggering fact" could not be put right by a theoretical technique?
(a) There was no time in history where women and men were antagonists.
(b) That there was no time in history where half of the human race was not considered inferior.
(c) There was no time in history where half of the human race fought for equality.
(d) That there was no time in history where women were not considered superior.

2. What is NOT a material reality in the oppression of women?
(a) Job Discrimination.
(b) Equal wages.
(c) Motherhood.
(d) Unequal wages.

3. According to Eagleton, the French structural anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss did pioneering work on what?
(a) Philosophy.
(b) Language.
(c) Myth.
(d) Religion.

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

5. What is the "final logical move" for literary theory, according to Eagleton?
(a) To privatize theory for the general public.
(b) To subjugate literature for its own ends.
(c) To recognize that it is an illusion.
(d) To distance itself from the text.

Short Answer Questions

1. What aspect of Jacques Lacan's work is of particular interest to literary theorists?

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

3. According to Eagleton, there are forms of post-structuralism that represent what kind of withdrawal from history?

4. In psychoanalytic treatment, what happens during transference?

5. For Jacques Lacan, "meaning is always in some sense an _______."

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Eagleton's main critique of the some forms of post-structuralism and why is it significant?

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

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

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

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

6. According to Eagleton, why should rhetorical science replace literary theory and what is its objective?

7. How does the philosopher Jacques Derrida conceive of language?

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

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

10. Who developed semiotics and what was his contribution to literary theory?

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