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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Chapter 4, how many specific elements do theorists analyze when considering a word in the text?

2. What idea did Rousseau help to develop?

3. According to Culler, what do literary theorists work to expose in literature?

4. Readers often respond emotionally to a particular use of language due to _____________.

5. Culler explains the nature of discourse on theory as _________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the goal of cultural studies?

2. How do literary theorists explain the procedure used by poetics?

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

4. According to theorists, what power does literature hold over society and why?

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

6. Why is there concern that cultural study may surpass literary theory?

7. Modern Western literature can be traced back to what group and when?

8. When was literature used in Britain to control the masses?

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

10. According to Chapter 2, what style and subject make up literature?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

According to the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, words can limit the ability of thought and, therefore, the reading experience.

1) What is the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis?

2) Who created it?

3) What are the implications of this theory, in terms of its impact upon classical literature?

Essay Topic 2

According to Aristotle, three different plot points should appear in any good novel.

1) Identify these plot points.

2) Define these plot points.

3) Analyze why they are important to the structure of a novel.

Essay Topic 3

Novels, like any good form of literature, offer the opportunity to educate the reader about different lifestyles and social injustice. Write an essay examining how and why the structure and delivery of a novel can achieve these objectives, citing examples from the text.

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