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. When it comes to the "I" created in society, theorists suggest that the "I" is subjected to what influences?

2. In literature, what is it called when events take place opposite of expectation?

3. What era defined rhetoric as the study of structuring powers for discussion?

4. Who is Mikhail Bakhtin?

5. Who defined rhetoric as "the art of persuasion"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Chapter 6, "Narrative," why is narrative appealing to readers?

3. What is the role of the narrator limited?

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

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

6. According to Chapter 7, who developed the idea of performative language?

7. What is the ultimate goal of literary theory, according to "Chapter 8, Identity, Identification, and the Subject"?

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

9. According to Chapter 5, what is rhetoric?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The purpose of literary theory is multifaceted yet does not always provide a conclusive result. Write an essay discussing:

1) The various facets of literary theory.

2) What literary theory aims to accomplish.

3) The end result of literary theory.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Literary theory is made up of works that strive to have an effect that stems beyond the basic story. Identify three examples of literary works that strove to be a part of literary theory. Determine whether or not this objective was achieved, citing examples from the text.

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