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. Culler suggests that performative language aids is the understanding of ______________.

2. According to Chapter 6, what is the purpose of withholding information from a reader?

3. What presents a story through the use of verbal patterning?

4. What is the literary device that is an over exaggeration of a word or idea?

5. According to some theorists, what idea was created by literature?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What extra understanding does performative language allow an audience, according to theorists?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. According to theorists, what gives the reader the most pleasure when reading a novel?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Create an argument either supporting or refuting the following statement, citing examples from the text: Linguists argue that the very use of words can change the interpretation of a text based on who is reading it.

Essay Topic 3

As time changes perspectives, many of the ideas that appear in literary theory from past centuries seem outdated. Yet, others have managed to remain relevant. Choose an example of literary theory that has held the test of time, citing support as to why this objective has been achieved.

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