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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Chapter 3, what creates tension within cultural studies?
(a) Ambiguous results.
(b) Two different approaches.
(c) Educators prefer to read without coaching.
(d) Writers are against it.

2. Culler explains the nature of discourse on theory as _________.
(a) Predictable.
(b) Dull.
(c) All of these.
(d) Speculative.

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

4. What form of criticism believes that the understanding of text is contingent upon reader knowledge and experience?
(a) Reader-awareness.
(b) Writer-response.
(c) Journal-revision.
(d) Reader-response.

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

6. In what century did Rousseau write?
(a) 12th century.
(b) 18th century.
(c) 19th century.
(d) 17th century.

7. In order to understand language as a system, what must a linguist examine regarding its meaning and form?
(a) Social vocal patterns.
(b) Surface explanations.
(c) Underlying conventions.
(d) The limits of vocabulary.

8. Who believed that linguists have the ability to help others speak, read, and understand never seen before words and sentence structures?
(a) Noam Chomsky.
(b) Beuford Wether.
(c) Samson McHenry.
(d) Guy Roach.

9. What is the significance of published literature, according to Culler?
(a) A book is declared worthy to read.
(b) It can catapult an author to fame.
(c) A book is paid for.
(d) A book is available for the masses.

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

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

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

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

14. What is the goal of cultural studies, according to Chapter 3?
(a) To elevate literary understanding.
(b) To make a difference.
(c) To learn about old writers.
(d) To expand young minds.

15. According to theorists, how many people are required to obtain multiple interpretations of a text?
(a) Two.
(b) One.
(c) Ten.
(d) Three.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Culler, what do literary theorists work to expose in literature?

2. According to Chapter 3, which author continues to stand the test of time?

3. According to Chapter 4, how many specific elements do theorists analyze when considering a word in the text?

4. According to Chapter 2, "What is Literature and Does it Matter?" what makes up the bulk of written work prior to modern literature?

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

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