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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 narration tells a story from an "I" point of view?
(a) Second Person.
(b) Omniscient.
(c) Third Person.
(d) First-person.

2. According to theorists, being lumped into a group identity poses what risk to an individual?
(a) A struggle to overcome stereotypes.
(b) Lost individuality.
(c) Lack of originality.
(d) All of these.

3. Who is Mikhail Bakhtin?
(a) A Russian theorist.
(b) A Roman philospher.
(c) A French theorist.
(d) An American writer.

4. When a narrator only knows certain things, what is the narration called?
(a) Third person limited.
(b) Third person.
(c) Omniscient.
(d) Productive limited.

5. In relationship to the "I" what does Culler suggest is a constant debate?
(a) Where it originates.
(b) What it means.
(c) Why it is important.
(d) If it matters.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was Nancy Armstrong?

2. In the 20th century, what is the most popular form of literature, according to Culler?

3. Who is not a character in third-person narration?

4. What type of performance describes a state of affairs that can be proven to be accurate or inaccurate?

5. According to some psychological studies, identity is formed based on the first memory of _____________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Who believed that performative language could be somewhat humorous?

2. According to Chapter 5, genre is very important to a reader. Why?

3. What is first-person narration?

4. According to Chapter 6, from where does unreliable narration typically come?

5. What type of work did Judith Butler pioneer?

6. According to Aristotle, what three points must be contained within a plot?

7. Who created a portrait of the "modern individual"?

8. According to Chapter 6, "Narrative," why is narrative appealing to readers?

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

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

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