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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 three neurotic symptoms can a person develop that are the result of internal conflict, according to Sigmund Freud?
(a) Fatigue, pain, and depression.
(b) Obsession, phobia, and depression.
(c) Pain, hysteria, and fatigue.
(d) Obsession, hysteria, and phobia.

2. The English philosopher J. L. Austin saw language as what?
(a) Progressive.
(b) Penultimate.
(c) Pejorative.
(d) Performative.

3. According to Eagleton, what is the disadvantage of claiming literature as more valuable and rewarding than other texts?
(a) Because it is no longer true.
(b) Because it is true.
(c) Because it is untrue.
(d) Because it partly true.

4. According to Jacques Lacan, what stage does a child first develop an ego?
(a) During the post-Oedipal stage.
(b) During the mirror stage.
(c) During the imaginary stage.
(d) During the Oedipal stage.

5. How did post-structuralism respond to France's student movement's failed attempt to break state power?
(a) Post-structuralism sought to break the structures of language.
(b) Post-structuralism sought to create a more powerful language.
(c) Post-structuralism sought to create a free language.
(d) Post-structuralism sought to break state power.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the author whose story "Sarrasine" Roland Barthes examines in "S/Z"?

2. According to Eagleton, the French structural anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss did pioneering work on what?

3. What is the name of two principles Sigmund Freud identified?

4. According to Eagleton, the women's movement is not just about women having equal status and power as men, it is what?

5. According to Eagleton, "the meaning of a sign is a matter of what the sign is _____."

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the significance of the Prague structuralists?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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