Literary Theory: An Introduction Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. What is one problem of adopting a plurality of critical methods, for Eagleton?

2. What aspect of Jacques Lacan's work is of particular interest to literary theorists?

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

4. What are the three points Eagleton notes about the method of structuralism?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Eagleton reject the idea of a disconnected individual in society?

4. What is Sigmund Freud's Oedipus complex and why is it significant?

5. Why does Eagleton claim that Northrop Frye's work emphasized the "utopian root'" of all literature and what is his response?

6. What was the significance of the Prague structuralists?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the work of Northrop Frye with Stanely Fish. What are their methodologies?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one work of literature (a story, essay, poem, play, or novel) and one method of literary analysis (new criticism, structuralism, post-structuralism, phenomenology, psychoanalysis) and examine the work by utilizing a specific literary theory.

Essay Topic 3

What was the relationship between the 1968 student movement in Paris and post-structuralism? What were their similarities and differences?

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