Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 era defined rhetoric as "the art of eloquence"?

2. According to Culler, theory demands a promise to keep ____________.

3. When a novel contains situations that should be intolerable, what are readers prompted to defy?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Chapter 7, what is accomplished by attempting to identify literary performatives?

2. Who believed that performative language had to be serious in order to set a standard?

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

4. What type of work did Judith Butler pioneer?

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

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

7. How does a rhetorical figure use language in poetry?

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

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

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

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

Compare and contrast the differences between constative and performance utterances.

1) What are the rules behind these two devices?

2) How do they affect the meaning of literature?

3) In what ways do they conflict with one another?

Essay Topic 3

Within a novel, there are several different forms of narration. Identify one form of narration and answer the following questions:

1) What does this type of narration accomplish?

2) What is the relationship between the reader and this type of narrator?

3) What are the positives and negatives with this form of narration?

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