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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 is the oldest form of literary criticism?
(a) Religion.
(b) Philosophy.
(c) Rhetoric.
(d) Sociology.

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

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

4. According to Eagleton, what is the "point" of literary theory?
(a) Its work rejects the political and ideological forces in power.
(b) Its history is not a part of the political and ideological history of our times.
(c) Its history is part of the political and ideological history of our times.
(d) Its work creates the political and ideological forces in power.

5. What is a belief in "ultimate word, presence, essence, truth, or reality"?
(a) Logocentric.
(b) Technocentric.
(c) Egocentric.
(d) Phallocentric.

Short Answer Questions

1. How are "writable" texts different from ones that can be read?

2. In structuralism, the relationship between the sign and what it refers to is what?

3. According to the Soviet semiotician Yury Lotman, a poetic text is "semantically _________."

4. According to Eagleton, what "staggering fact" could not be put right by a theoretical technique?

5. What three neurotic symptoms can a person develop that are the result of internal conflict, according to Sigmund Freud?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Who is Ferdinand de Saussure and what was his contribution to the field of literary theory?

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

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

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

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

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