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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. In Chapter 2, it is suggested that British literature worked to do what among the classes?
(a) Create harmony.
(b) Invoke shame.
(c) Create a divide.
(d) Instill a stronger sense of class.

2. What has literary theory helped add to the study of classics?
(a) Modern theory.
(b) Historical perspective.
(c) Classical theory.
(d) Metaphoric guidelines.

3. What was Richard Rorty's area of expertise?
(a) Literature.
(b) Science.
(c) Philosophy.
(d) Math.

4. According to the majority of theorists, who has the power to determine what can be known as literature?
(a) Society.
(b) Readers.
(c) Professors.
(d) Scholars.

5. In Chapter 3, from what form of culture is pop culture developed?
(a) Foreign.
(b) Underground.
(c) Combative.
(d) Mainstream.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the goal of cultural studies, according to Chapter 3?

2. According to Ferdinand de Saussure, the elements of language become unique based on their _________.

3. English literature is known for being ____________.

4. Who was Michel Foucault?

5. Words are formed due to the conventions of __________.

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Chapter 3, how have cultural studies expanded the literary canon?

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

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

4. What is the goal of cultural studies?

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

6. According to the Western culture, what does language help to express?

7. In Chapter 2, why are the use of words and language so meaningful to literature?

8. What factors determine what will be read by a particular society?

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

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

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