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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who said "the child is father to the man"?
(a) Yeats.
(b) Wordsworth.
(c) Wilkes.
(d) Cummings.

3. Poetry has the capability to influence what in its reader, according to Culler?
(a) Overwhelming empathy.
(b) Great joy.
(c) All of these.
(d) Intense sorrow.

4. According to Culler, what attracts readers to a character?
(a) Interest in their struggles.
(b) All of these.
(c) Empathy.
(d) A desire to learn from him.

5. What is a typical theme in literature?
(a) Deliberate violence.
(b) Character identity.
(c) Family demoralization.
(d) Character compassion.

6. According to Chapter 6, what type of narration typically occurs when the point of view is limited?
(a) Fantastical.
(b) Accurate.
(c) Unreliable.
(d) Derisive.

7. According to Culler, theory demands a promise to keep ____________.
(a) Thinking.
(b) All of these.
(c) Asking questions.
(d) Reading.

8. In literature, what is learned when a character "finds" himself?
(a) To whom he is related.
(b) All of these.
(c) Who he is.
(d) Where he is standing.

9. According to some psychological studies, identity is formed based on the first memory of _____________.
(a) Praise.
(b) Human touch.
(c) A scolding.
(d) A parent.

10. When a narrator only knows certain things, what is the narration called?
(a) Third person.
(b) Third person limited.
(c) Omniscient.
(d) Productive limited.

11. According to Chapter 8, what is the debate surrounding the "I" on a personal level?
(a) All of these.
(b) Free will vs. written influence.
(c) Free will vs. parental influence.
(d) Free will vs. predetermined choices.

12. According to Chapter 7, a declarative statement that promises action can be defined as ________________.
(a) Performative utterance.
(b) Performative viewpoint.
(c) Performative action.
(d) Performative thought.

13. Culler suggests that performative language aids is the understanding of ______________.
(a) Resolution.
(b) Conflict.
(c) Silence.
(d) Discourse.

14. What type of lyric is used in sublime poetry?
(a) Advanced lyric.
(b) Prolonged lyric.
(c) Extravagant lyric.
(d) Foolish lyric.

15. Who is not a character in third-person narration?
(a) The family members.
(b) The protagonist.
(c) The narrator.
(d) The antagonist.

Short Answer Questions

1. The use of what literary device requires the combination of language and imagination?

2. In Chapter 8, what forms of entertainment encourage feelings and virtue?

3. According to Chapter 6, what is the purpose of withholding information from a reader?

4. According to Chapter 6, what is the desired result after conflict within a novel?

5. According to Culler, what is rhetoric?

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