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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. According to Chapter 5, how should poems be read?
(a) In private.
(b) In sections.
(c) By the author.
(d) All at once.

2. When it comes to the "I" created in society, theorists suggest that the "I" is subjected to what influences?
(a) All of these.
(b) Social.
(c) Linguistic.
(d) Sexual.

3. According to Nancy Armstrong, feelings and personal qualities in characters became more important than _____________.
(a) Class distinctions.
(b) Education level.
(c) Beauty.
(d) The ability to be clever.

4. Culler reports that the use of a genre can do what for a reader?
(a) Falsify facts.
(b) Inspire creativity.
(c) Create expectation.
(d) Limit reading ability.

5. According to some theorists, what idea was created by literature?
(a) Being in love.
(b) Acknowledging one's significance.
(c) Creating a family unit.
(d) Living by one's conscience.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to theorists, being lumped into a group identity poses what risk to an individual?

2. Who was against the ideas that performative language could be humorous?

3. According to Chapter 6, what do strong characters encourage readers to imagine?

4. According to Culler, what do many novels teach about heartache?

5. According to Chapter 6, what type of narration typically occurs when the point of view is limited?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Culler, what prompts a reader to finish reading a novel?

2. Why do some theorists believe that popular characterizations in novels create bad influences?

3. During the Renaissance, what was the definition of rhetoric?

4. According to Culler, how is rhetoric defined today?

5. Into what three classes did the Greeks divide literature?

6. In terms of the "I," what is the product of someone's core?

7. According to Chapter 8, in terms of the "I," what do literary theorists debate?

8. What is poetics, as explained by "Chapter 5, Rhetoric, Poetics, and Poetry"?

9. In terms of the "I," what do literary works offer?

10. What is the ultimate goal of literary theory, according to "Chapter 8, Identity, Identification, and the Subject"?

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