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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What non-fiction literary device does "Jane Eyre" mimic?
(a) An article.
(b) An autobiography.
(c) A diary.
(d) A biography.

2. Who wrote "Jane Eyre"?
(a) Jane Austen.
(b) Kate Campion.
(c) Virginia Wolff.
(d) Charlotte Bronte.

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

4. According to Ferdinand de Saussure, the elements of language become unique based on their _________.
(a) Popularity among speakers.
(b) Contrast against other elements.
(c) Function.
(d) Similarity to other elements.

5. What theory analyzes the relationship between mass culture and popular culture?
(a) French socialism theory.
(b) European Marxist theory.
(c) American English.
(d) Russian Lennon theory.

6. Interpretation is important in language because it can affect ______________.
(a) Who will buy the text.
(b) Its prestige.
(c) Who wrote the text.
(d) The meaning of a text.

7. Some scholars fear that literature could inspire _____________.
(a) All of these.
(b) Individuality.
(c) Change.
(d) Rebellion.

8. According to Chapter 2, literature must contain ____________ in order to qualify as literature.
(a) Words with a deeper meaning.
(b) Social reform.
(c) Proper sentence structure.
(d) Biblical references.

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

10. In "The History of Sexuality," what was used as a blanket term to describe all aspects related to sexuality?
(a) Procreation.
(b) Sex.
(c) Evolution.
(d) Imagination.

11. By creating a vague story or lead character In literature, Culler suggests that the author hopes to achieve what response from the reader?
(a) Creativity.
(b) Frustration.
(c) Projection.
(d) All of these.

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

13. According to theorists, what will a reader not measure equally when it comes to Shakespeare versus a dime-store novel?
(a) Entertainment value.
(b) Popular appeal.
(c) Moral.
(d) Expectations.

14. What is no longer demanded of cultural scholars?
(a) "Back reading."
(b) "Slow reading."
(c) "Close reading."
(d) "Tight reading."

15. Why are cultural studies and literary theory not at odds with each other?
(a) They were invented by the same person.
(b) They are from two different genres.
(c) They are static.
(d) They stem from the same philosophy.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Culler, if society prefers to invest time in popular culture, how might classical literature be affected?

2. What idea did Rousseau help to develop?

3. According to studies, the majority of film and literature has been created from whose point of view?

4. What form of criticism believes that the understanding of text is contingent upon reader knowledge and experience?

5. According to theorists, how many people are required to obtain multiple interpretations of a text?

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