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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 term is "most-widely touted" in cultural theory?
(a) Modernism.
(b) Postmodernism.
(c) Postmodernity.
(d) Premodernity.

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

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

4. In American deconstruction, why does literary criticism become an "ironic, uneasy business"?
(a) Because it lays bare the permanence of meaning.
(b) Because it lays bare the temporality of meaning.
(c) Because it lays bare the physicality of meaning.
(d) Because it lays bare the illusoriness of meaning.

5. Jacques Lacan argues that like _______ desire emerges from a lack, which it strives to fulfill.
(a) Language.
(b) Identity.
(c) Myth.
(d) Faith.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Eagleton, why did the women's movement reject the economic focus of classical Marxist thought?

2. According to Eagleton, why is Shakespeare considered great literature?

3. According to Eagleton, why did intellectuals preoccupy themselves with language in the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries?

4. Literary texts are code-productive, code-transgressive, and code_____.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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