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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. To what types of topics did Foucault attempt to give historical relevance?
(a) Punishment.
(b) All of these.
(c) Madness.
(d) Sex.

2. What is the purpose of literary theory, according to "What is Theory?"
(a) To transcend ignorant readers.
(b) To reflect on ideas.
(c) To prove writing wrong.
(d) To tame the masses.

3. For what types of literature has cultural studies gained new attention?
(a) Short form literature.
(b) Literature with animal themes.
(c) Poetry.
(d) Literature with cultural issues.

4. According to Chapter 3, which author continues to stand the test of time?
(a) Shakespeare.
(b) Dan Brown.
(c) Marlowe.
(d) Ben Jonson.

5. Theory rarely results in __________, according to Culler.
(a) A close estimation.
(b) A good theory.
(c) A strong guess.
(d) A definitive answer.

Short Answer Questions

1. Culler reports that theory has the ability to undo which of the following?

2. What did Derrida discover in Rousseau's work?

3. According to the majority of theorists, who has the power to determine what can be known as literature?

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

5. What has literary theory helped add to the study of classics?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Chapter 2, why was it significant that many works of English literature allowed the low class worker to surpass the aristocrat?

2. Why is publishing considered a stamp of approval on a literary work?

3. When was literature used in Britain to control the masses?

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

5. What was the theme of Goethe's work as discussed in "Chapter 1, What is Theory"?

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

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

8. Compare the approach used by theorists when analyzing cultural studies versus literary theory.

9. According to Chapter 2, what style and subject make up literature?

10. What types of writing topics have been used to create literary theory and why?

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