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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What form of literary theory tries to bring back voices from the past in an effort to create lost history?
(a) Marxist.
(b) Republican.
(c) Lennon.
(d) Socialist.

2. Who was Michel Foucault?
(a) A Spanish immigrant professor.
(b) A Russian doctor who loved literature.
(c) A Swiss banker who knew poetry.
(d) A French intellectual historian.

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

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

5. Culler reports that some scholars are worried that isolation for readers may become __________.
(a) Too intelligent.
(b) Wealthy.
(c) Angry.
(d) Disengaged.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to studies, the majority of film and literature has been created from whose point of view?

2. Who believed language is made up of a system of differences?

3. What theory believes that language limits the ability to think?

4. In Chapter 1, "What is Theory?" Culler defines theory as the opportunity to __________.

5. What literary form do parts of Robert Burns' poetry imitate?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does literary theory work to uncover, according to Chapter 1?

2. According to Chapter 4, "Meaning and Interpretation," what does society have to do with the understanding of words?

3. Why is theory a difficult subject from which to obtain an absolute, according to Culler?

4. Why did Foucault consider "The History of Sexuality" to be repressed?

5. According to Culler, what do most literary works resemble?

6. According to Rousseau's argument, what does writing have the power to clarify?

7. According to Chapter 4, what does "reader-response" criticism depend upon?

8. In what way do word conventions vary globally?

9. What do theorists mean when they say that a reader is limited by his "horizon of expectations"?

10. Based on Chapter 1, what is the purpose of the critique that often comes from literary theory?

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