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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Culler, what is a classic ideal that appears in many novels?
(a) Truth and justice.
(b) Understanding of oneself.
(c) True love.
(d) A moral lesson.

2. According to Chapter 6, what is the result of a great narrative?
(a) Making money.
(b) Encouraging spirituality.
(c) Creating empathy.
(d) Opening the mind.

3. In relationship to the "I" what does Culler suggest is a constant debate?
(a) Where it originates.
(b) If it matters.
(c) What it means.
(d) Why it is important.

4. According to Chapter 7, why can the study of utterances be confusing?
(a) None of these.
(b) Utterances are not quantifiable.
(c) Utterances are typically in code.
(d) Utterances can be similar.

5. What culture put literary works into only three groups?
(a) The Romans.
(b) The Americans.
(c) The Greeks.
(d) The Swiss.

6. Who was against the ideas that performative language could be humorous?
(a) Steinam.
(b) Hemingway.
(c) Aristotle.
(d) Derrida.

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

8. According to Chapter 6, what type of narrator do readers most trust?
(a) An educated narrator.
(b) An unbiased narrator.
(c) An honest narrator.
(d) A well-known narrator.

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

10. What era defined rhetoric as "the art of eloquence"?
(a) The Dark Ages.
(b) The Renaissance.
(c) The Modern Age.
(d) The Industrial Age.

11. What should appear at the end of a novel according to "Chapter 6, Narrative"?
(a) A metaphor for love.
(b) Acknowledgments.
(c) A tie-in to the beginning.
(d) A reference to the narrator.

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

13. What adjective describes a narrator who knows everything, even thoughts of other characters?
(a) Intelligent.
(b) Omniscient.
(c) Intuitive.
(d) Productive.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who created "the mirror stage" theory?

2. According to Nancy Armstrong, feelings and personal qualities in characters became more important than _____________.

3. According to Chapter 7, a declarative statement that promises action can be defined as ________________.

4. Who is Mikhail Bakhtin?

5. In Culler's opinion, to what is rhetoric related?

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