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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who believed language is made up of a system of differences?
(a) Jackson Shephardberg.
(b) Marlowe.
(c) Shakespeare.
(d) Ferdinand de Saussure.

2. Thanks to cultural studies, what has happened to many previously discarded works?
(a) They were revamped.
(b) All of these.
(c) They were rediscovered.
(d) They were debated in schools.

3. According to Chapter 4, how many specific elements do theorists analyze when considering a word in the text?
(a) Five.
(b) Four.
(c) Three.
(d) Zero.

4. According to Chapter 2, which of the examples below cannot be considered literature?
(a) Private journals.
(b) Instructional manuals.
(c) All of these.
(d) The phone book.

5. What, according to Culler, is unique about cultural studies?
(a) Its global acceptance.
(b) The absence of fact.
(c) Its dual nature.
(d) The disrespect for literature.

6. According to Chapter 4, what effect should the words have on the reader?
(a) All of these.
(b) An emotional response.
(c) An effect on imagination.
(d) A subliminal message.

7. How old is modern literature?
(a) One century.
(b) Fifty years.
(c) Two decades.
(d) Two centuries.

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

9. In Chapter 3, "Literature and Cultural Studies," what does the production of literature drive in society?
(a) The readers.
(b) The teachers.
(c) The church.
(d) The culture.

10. In English literature, many lead characters were written in order to inspire ______________.
(a) Empathy.
(b) Aspiration.
(c) Sequels.
(d) Nostalgia.

11. What has literary theory helped add to the study of classics?
(a) Classical theory.
(b) Historical perspective.
(c) Metaphoric guidelines.
(d) Modern theory.

12. Focault warned the masses to be wary of _________.
(a) Poets as prophets.
(b) Starving artists.
(c) Words as gospel.
(d) Reading as a hobby.

13. According to Chapter 2, when a story is told with non-fiction historical references, it is __________.
(a) A work of literary fiction.
(b) A literary rambling.
(c) A literary narrative.
(d) Non-literary.

14. Modern Western literature can be traced to ______________.
(a) German Romantic theorists.
(b) British Agnostic believers.
(c) Russian Scholars.
(d) French Writers and Artists.

15. What form of literary theory tries to bring back voices from the past in an effort to create lost history?
(a) Lennon.
(b) Republican.
(c) Marxist.
(d) Socialist.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was Michel Foucault?

2. Interpretation is important in language because it can affect ______________.

3. In Chapter 3, from what form of culture is pop culture developed?

4. Many theorists believe that understanding the meaning of words in a text is ___________.

5. According to Foucault, what form of communication had power over social ideals?

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