Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction Multiple Choice Test Questions

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Chapter 1, What Is Theory?

1. In Chapter 1, "What is Theory?" Culler defines theory as the opportunity to __________.
(a) Wonder.
(b) Guess.
(c) All of these.
(d) Speculate.

2. Theory rarely results in __________, according to Culler.
(a) A definitive answer.
(b) A close estimation.
(c) A strong guess.
(d) A good theory.

3. What was Richard Rorty's area of expertise?
(a) Philosophy.
(b) Literature.
(c) Science.
(d) Math.

4. What was the primary theme of "The Sorrows of Young Werther"?
(a) Family feuds.
(b) Money and power.
(c) Lust and jealousy.
(d) Unrequited love.

5. According to Goethe, "life devoid of passion" is ___________.
(a) Difficult to achieve.
(b) Meaningless.
(c) Typical.
(d) An honor.

6. According to Chapter 1, what does literary theory often critique?
(a) Words of the wealthy.
(b) Proven facts.
(c) Common sense ideas.
(d) Unnecessary documentation.

7. Who was Michel Foucault?
(a) A Russian doctor who loved literature.
(b) A French intellectual historian.
(c) A Spanish immigrant professor.
(d) A Swiss banker who knew poetry.

8. What part of "The History of Sexuality" bothered Michel Foucault?
(a) Its repressive delivery.
(b) Its inaccurate information.
(c) Its focus on the female.
(d) Its graphic delivery.

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