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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 type of lyric is used in sublime poetry?
(a) Extravagant lyric.
(b) Prolonged lyric.
(c) Advanced lyric.
(d) Foolish lyric.

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

3. What is a typical theme in literature?
(a) Deliberate violence.
(b) Character identity.
(c) Character compassion.
(d) Family demoralization.

4. Who defined rhetoric as "the art of persuasion"?
(a) Aristotle.
(b) Socrates.
(c) Michelangelo.
(d) Raphael.

5. What should appear at the end of a novel according to "Chapter 6, Narrative"?
(a) Acknowledgments.
(b) A reference to the narrator.
(c) A metaphor for love.
(d) A tie-in to the beginning.

Short Answer Questions

1. What adjective describes a narrator who knows everything, even thoughts of other characters?

2. In Chapter 7, what is a requirement for the believable appearance of literary performatives?

3. Who created "the mirror stage" theory?

4. Culler reports that the use of a genre can do what for a reader?

5. When did J.L. Austin define the distinction between the various forms of utterance?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the occasional confusion that results from the use of metaphor?

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

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

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

5. What is the function of a narrator within a novel?

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

7. What type of work did Judith Butler pioneer?

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

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

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

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