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

2. What theory analyzes the relationship between mass culture and popular culture?

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

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

5. In Chapter 2, it is suggested that British literature worked to do what among the classes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Does pop culture change the relevance of classical literature?

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

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

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

9. What types of writing topics have been used to create literary theory and why?

10. According to Chapter 3, how have cultural studies expanded the literary canon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Literary performatives shape the use and meaning of language. Write an essay, examining the following:

1) What are the rules of literary performatives?

2) What is accomplished by literary performatives?

3) Why is the study of literary performatives significant to literature?

Essay Topic 2

Literary performatives shape the words and phrases used in literature and conversation. Write a brief essay supporting or refuting the following statement, citing examples from the text to support your theory: Literary performatives have the power to change the way society communicates.

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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