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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. For the literary theorist, Mikhail Bakhtin, "linguistic community" was what kind of society?
(a) Heterogeneous.
(b) Homogenous.
(c) Exclusive.
(d) Inclusive.

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

3. 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 eradicating inquiry or the object being enquire into.
(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 methods of inquiry and the manner of enquiry.

4. The modern history of literary theory has been characterized by a flight from what?
(a) Real history.
(b) False doctrines.
(c) Absolute morality.
(d) Shifting ideas.

5. According to Eagleton, structuralism exposed what "shocking truth"?
(a) The even our most private thoughts is caused by structure.
(b) That even our most painful experience is outside the realm of structure.
(c) That even our most pleasurable experience is outside the realm of structure.
(d) That even our most intimate experience is the effect of a structure.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Eagleton, who would an ideal reader be for a structuralist?

2. Why do feminists embrace the work of Jacques Lacan, despite the fact that he was contemptuous of the women's movement?

3. What is the name of the Yale theorist who believed that all language is metaphorical?

4. What does Sigmund Freud call the first stage of sexual life?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Julia Kristeva view language and why is it significant?

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

6. What is multiple pluralism and why does Eagleton object to it?

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

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

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

10. Beyond helping the status of women, what is the women's movement's goal and why is it significant?

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