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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) Socialist.
(c) Republican.
(d) Lennon.

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

3. What did Derrida discover in Rousseau's work?
(a) Russian phrases.
(b) Many structures.
(c) Mystical images.
(d) Absolutes.

4. What is the absolute, end result of theory, as expressed in Chapter 1, "What is Theory?"
(a) There isn't one.
(b) A change in history.
(c) An final understanding of literature.
(d) A solid, proven revision.

5. In Chapter 2, what does fiction aim to achieve?
(a) A fictional relationship with God.
(b) A true account of historical moments.
(c) A fictional relationship with the world.
(d) An accurate portrayal of emotions.

Short Answer Questions

1. On a grand scale, scholars believe literature to have the capability to speak for __________.

2. What is the term given to literature that is routinely studied in schools and universities?

3. What, according to Culler, is unique about cultural studies?

4. What type of literary work is "Jane Eyre"?

5. What non-fiction literary device does "Jane Eyre" mimic?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. In Chapter 3, what are the two topics on which cultural studies and literary theory attempt to compromise?

6. According to Noam Chomsky, linguists help raise the quality of language for what purpose?

7. Theorists believe it is important to challenge ideas presented in literature for what reason?

8. According to the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, what does language determine?

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

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

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