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

2. According to Culler, when it comes to performative language, what is required to give a word or a phrase weight?

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

4. Poetry has the capability to influence what in its reader, according to Culler?

5. Who was Nancy Armstrong?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Culler, what prompts a reader to finish reading a novel?

2. What is poetics, as explained by "Chapter 5, Rhetoric, Poetics, and Poetry"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is first-person narration?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the twentieth century, the novel became a focus in literary education and extremely popular among the masses. Create a supporting argument for the following statement, citing examples from the text: The novel is the most popular form of literature in the twentieth century due to a desire for readers to hear and tell new stories.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the five points of literature, citing specific examples to illustrate each point.

Essay Topic 3

Readers identify with characters in literature. Theorists believe this identification can accomplish many things, both on a personal and societal level. Write an essay analyzing the many ways reader identification can influence a reader, citing examples from the text.

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