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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is the narrator in "What Maisie Knew"?
(a) A young woman.
(b) A young man.
(c) An adult, through the eyes of a child.
(d) A child, through the eyes of an adult.

2. The way the plot is presented is referred to as the ________.
(a) Discourse.
(b) Revelation.
(c) Denouement.
(d) Grand finale.

3. Who defined rhetoric as "the art of persuasion"?
(a) Raphael.
(b) Michelangelo.
(c) Aristotle.
(d) Socrates.

4. According to Chapter 6, what do readers seem to enjoy in narratives?
(a) All of these.
(b) Interesting characters.
(c) A satisfying conclusion.
(d) Plot twists.

5. Who created "the mirror stage" theory?
(a) Peter McGregor.
(b) Emily Larson.
(c) Roofus Duff.
(d) Jacques Lacan.

6. Who was Nancy Armstrong?
(a) An American poet.
(b) An American student.
(c) An American leader.
(d) An American critic.

7. When it comes to the "I" created in society, theorists suggest that the "I" is subjected to what influences?
(a) Social.
(b) Sexual.
(c) Linguistic.
(d) All of these.

8. Who was Judith Butler?
(a) A famous French speaker.
(b) A published fiction writer.
(c) An American philospher.
(d) A Harvard professor.

9. What type of poetry allows the reader to listen in on the narrator's thoughts?
(a) Nursery rhymes.
(b) Limericks.
(c) None of these.
(d) Lyric poetry.

10. When a novel contains situations that should be intolerable, what are readers prompted to defy?
(a) Reading.
(b) Personal convictions.
(c) Social injustice.
(d) Authority.

11. What era defined rhetoric as the study of structuring powers for discussion?
(a) The Dark Ages.
(b) Modern Times.
(c) The Elizabethean Age.
(d) The Renaissance.

12. According to Cullers in Chapter 6, what form of literature has been studied the most in the 20th century?
(a) Non-fiction.
(b) Novels.
(c) Poetry.
(d) Plays.

13. According to Chapter 6, what is the purpose of withholding information from a reader?
(a) To confuse the reader.
(b) To frustrate the reader.
(c) To appear intelligent.
(d) To build suspense.

14. Who was J.L. Austin?
(a) A French linguist.
(b) A Russian speaker.
(c) A British philosopher.
(d) An American linguist.

15. According to Chapter 8, what is the product of a subject's inner core?
(a) The natural individual.
(b) The core individual.
(c) The select individual.
(d) The false individual.

Short Answer Questions

1. What human need, according to Culler, drives the desire to hear the conclusion of a story?

2. What era defined rhetoric as "the art of eloquence"?

3. In Chapter 7, performative language phrases are not required to be _____________.

4. What type of performance describes a state of affairs that can be proven to be accurate or inaccurate?

5. Who said "the child is father to the man"?

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