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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Eagleton, when did the Russian formalists emerge?

2. How do linguists describe the effect of language where "the texture, rhythm and resonance of words are in excess of their abstractable meaning."

3. What is the name Edmund Husserl gave to his philosophical method?

4. According to Eagleton, formalism is the application of what to the study of literature?

5. According to Eagleton, why did the Russian formalists NOT see a literary work as a vehicle for ideas, reflection of reality, or transcendental truth?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the romantics relationship to the symbol and why is it significant?

2. How did the romantic movement develop and why is it significant?

3. What did new American criticism focus on and why is it significant?

4. What kinds of writing were considered literature in the eighteenth-century and why is this significant?

5. Who developed reception theory and why is it significant?

6. What was the dominant ideology of eighteenth-century England?

7. What is "Tristram Shandy" and why is it significant?

8. How did the Russian formalists answer the question "what is literature?" and why was it significant?

9. What is Eagleton's argument regarding the literary canon as the "unquestioned" great tradition of national literature?

10. What does "concretize" mean and why is it significant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Eagleton's argument for a movement that would reform the academy and society at large by identifying and analyzing the 4 major goals of this political movement.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss modernism as a literary movement.

1) Identify two modernist writers and four characteristics of modernist literature.

2) Discuss the emergence of modernism and the literary theories that developed from this movement.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the ways in which the concept of literature has changed from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century.

1) What was considered literature in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries?

2) How do the romantic movement transform the definition of literature?

3) What was the function of literature during the Victorian era?

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