Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction Short Answer Test - Answer Key

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1. In Chapter 1, "What is Theory?" Culler defines theory as the opportunity to __________.

All of these.

2. Theory rarely results in __________, according to Culler.

A definitive answer.

3. What was Richard Rorty's area of expertise?

Philosophy.

4. What was the primary theme of "The Sorrows of Young Werther"?

Unrequited love.

5. According to Goethe, "life devoid of passion" is ___________.

Meaningless.

6. According to Chapter 1, what does literary theory often critique?

Common sense ideas.

7. Who was Michel Foucault?

A French intellectual historian.

8. What part of "The History of Sexuality" bothered Michel Foucault?

Its repressive delivery.

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