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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is accomplished by literary performatives, according to Culler?
(a) All of these.
(b) They educate theorists.
(c) They present various concepts.
(d) They create a state of affairs.

3. Culler suggests that the occasional confusion that results from the use of metaphor is due to __________.
(a) The invention of new words.
(b) A literal interpretation.
(c) Repeat metaphors.
(d) The lyricism of the phrase.

4. In the 20th century, what is the most popular form of literature, according to Culler?
(a) Novels.
(b) Plays.
(c) Non-fiction.
(d) Poetry.

5. According to theorists, being lumped into a group identity poses what risk to an individual?
(a) A struggle to overcome stereotypes.
(b) Lack of originality.
(c) Lost individuality.
(d) All of these.

6. According to Culler, when it comes to performative language, what is required to give a word or a phrase weight?
(a) Origin.
(b) Spelling.
(c) Repeatability.
(d) Syllable count.

7. According to Chapter 6, what do strong characters encourage readers to imagine?
(a) A proper literary form.
(b) Other people's lives.
(c) How to be better writers.
(d) The conclusion of the story.

8. According to some theorists, what idea was created by literature?
(a) Being in love.
(b) Creating a family unit.
(c) Living by one's conscience.
(d) Acknowledging one's significance.

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

10. What great thinker believed plot to be the most significant part of a story?
(a) Plato.
(b) Beauvoir.
(c) Voltaire.
(d) Aristotle.

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

12. What human need, according to Culler, drives the desire to hear the conclusion of a story?
(a) The need for knowledge and understanding.
(b) The need for love.
(c) The need for resolution.
(d) The need for conflict.

13. Culler reports that the use of a genre can do what for a reader?
(a) Inspire creativity.
(b) Falsify facts.
(c) Limit reading ability.
(d) Create expectation.

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

15. What is the literary device that substitutes a part for the whole or vice versa?
(a) Spoonerism.
(b) Synecdoche.
(c) Amplification.
(d) Doppleganger.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who created "the mirror stage" theory?

2. According to Chapter 5, how should poems be read?

3. Who was J.L. Austin?

4. Who asserts that the interpretation of metaphor is often reliant upon another metaphor?

5. Who believed that performative language could be humorous?

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