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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 "impotence" of liberal humanism a symptom of, according to Eagleton?
(a) Its contradictory relationship to capitalism.
(b) Its sense of entitlement in relation to the world.
(c) Its absurd claims in the face of suffering.
(d) Its refusal to examine the facts.
2. According to Eagleton, who would an ideal reader be for a structuralist?
(a) Someone who had intelligent codes at her or his disposal.
(b) Someone who had the right codes at her or his disposal.
(c) Someone who didn't have any codes at her or his disposal.
(d) Someone who had all the codes at her or his disposal.
3. What is the root of the present crisis in literary studies, according to Eagleton?
(a) The inclusion of non-canonical works.
(b) The subjugation of theory.
(c) The conflict over methodology.
(d) The definition of the subject.
4. How did post-structuralism respond to France's student movement's failed attempt to break state power?
(a) Post-structuralism sought to create a free language.
(b) Post-structuralism sought to break state power.
(c) Post-structuralism sought to break the structures of language.
(d) Post-structuralism sought to create a more powerful language.
5. What are Northrop Frye's four narrative categories at the root of all literature?
(a) Romantic, tragic, idealism, ironic.
(b) Fiction, fact, reality, idealism.
(c) Comic, reality, idealism, tragic.
(d) Comic, romantic, tragic, ironic.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is one problem of adopting a plurality of critical methods, for Eagleton?
2. According to Eagleton, structuralism exposed what "shocking truth"?
3. The transition from structuralism to post-structuralism is partly in response to what movement?
4. According to Eagleton, what term is "most-widely touted" in cultural theory?
5. According to Sigmund Freud, what is the process by which human beings cope with desires they cannot fulfill by directing them towards a more socially valued goal?
Short Essay Questions
1. Beyond helping the status of women, what is the women's movement's goal and why is it significant?
2. What was a "healthy" sign according to Roland Barthes and why is it significant?
3. What is the dominant ideology within academia and what are its major problems?
4. Who developed semiotics and what was his contribution to literary theory?
5. How did post-structuralism develop and why is it significant?
6. How did Mikhail Bakhtin view language?
7. How does Julia Kristeva view language and why is it significant?
8. According to Eagleton, why should the notion of literary theory be abolished?
9. What is structuralism and how what does it share in common with formalism?
10. According to Sigmund Freud, what are the two conflicting principles that all people are motivated by and why is it significant?
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